University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Shows resource usage from 1994-present in the areas of recycling, electricity, and water consumption. This section will be updated annually to better inform students and faculty about the campuses path toward being environmentally sustainable and provide a means to determine whether resource conservation measures are successful.  

Recycling History 

Spring 1990, UW-River Falls establishes a formal recycling program in all academic buildings. The residence halls will follow the next year. UW-River Falls recognizes Pierce county solid waste managers as instrumental to the success of the campus's program. 

January 1991, UW-River Falls is required to separate all lead-acid batteries, waste oil, and major appliances to be recycled instead of going to the county landfill and incinerator.

January 1992, UW-River Falls is required to recycle at least 50% of the yard waste that is generated by the University. As an alternative, yard waste can be left on the ground instead of recycling.

January 1993, 100% of the yard waste is recycled or left on the ground. Also, 50% of all aluminum, steel and plastic containers, cardboard, foam-polystyrene packaging, glass containers, magazines, newspapers, and office paper is required to be recycled.

May 1994, The University starts sorting all office paper. White office paper is recycled and "other" paper (magazines, colored paper, etc.) is used for bedding at the campus lab farms.

October 1994, The New Richmond waste-to-energy incinerator shuts down. This facility handled significant amounts of waste from the University. Due to the long distance between landfills, recycling efforts are stepped up. 

November 1994, UW-River Falls initiates a pilot program to place aluminum, plastic, steel, and glass recycling containers in May and Ames buildings with other buildings joining in next semester.

May 1995, The campus-recycling program is growing and changing. More than 80 tons of paper products, plastic, glass, steel, and aluminum containers are recorded as recycled. Waste oil, tires, appliances, scrap metal, and fluorescent lights are being recycled. All yard materials are composted on the campus farms or chipped and used by the City of River Falls. Many products now bought by the campus are made from recycled materials to help close the solid waste loop. 

September 1995, A more user friendly approach to recycling plastic, glass, steel, and aluminum containers is instituted by allowing those items to be thrown in the same container and separated later by Sarona Sanitation. This is done in hopes of increasing recycling collections. 

December 1995, Waste management officials decide to discontinue the practice of sorting office paper because it is done at Sarona's facility. They also decide to continue using shredded campus paper for lab farm bedding. 

April 1998, Campus composting program at lab farm #2 is a success. This composting program is designed to handle food waste, food containers and various residence halls' paper waste. 

May 1999, ECO Club organizes dumpsters to be located by the residence halls during move in and move out time period. 

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