Office of Sustainability

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Amount recyclyed so far this schoolyear Amount composted so far this schoolyear
175,409 lbs 156,630 lbs

Why Recycle?

Reduce, reuse, recycle! As the world's population continues to increase, so does the demand for resources. Recycling diverts waste from our landfills into facilities that can separate and process the waste so that it can be made into new products. Recycled products not only reduce the need for new materials, they also decrease the amount of energy used in production of products. Recycling is one of the easiest ways we can help reduce our impact on the planet.

Single-Stream Recycling

In January 2009, UCCS implemented single-stream recycling, which allows all recyclable materials to be put into a single bin, thus eliminating the need to separate the waste. Single-stream recycling typically improves recycling rates by about 30%. UCCS' long term goal is 50% by the end of 2014.  We are pursuing a number of initiatives to achieve this goal, including to zero waste athletics and other events on campus. If you are interested in having your event zero wasted please contact us or check out this helpful guide here.

Help Reduce Waste!

Compost 1.Compost

Food scraps, soiled/greased paper towels/napkins/paperboard, any approved compostable foodware (check the bottom!)


Metal cans, clean foil, glass and plastic bottles/containers/lids, newspaper,printer paper, clean paperboard, All plastic #1-7


Plastic bags/wrap, wrappers, chip bags, wax coated paper cups and coffee cups, plastic untensils, soiled foil, styrofoam, straws


UCCS has a battery recycling program with Blue Star Recycling. Currently, there are black buckets around the UCCS campus to drop off all household batteries, small appliances, and cell phones. Dropoff locations: 

• Alpine Housing Front Desk
• Monarch Housing Front Desk
• Osbourne Center 2nd floor lobby (built-in recycling unit)
• University Hall (Front Desk)
• Information Technology Help Desk (El Pomar Center)
• Campus Services Building Front Desk
• University Center Entrance near information desk
• Public Safety near front desk
• Family Development Center front desk
• Main Hall 1st Floor North Lobby (#100G)
• Dwire Hall 1st Floor Front Lobby and Mailroom (#235)
• Engineering Building 1st Floor Lobby
• Cragmoor 1st Floor Lobby
• Centennial 3rd Floor
•Lane Center 1st Floor Lobby

Toner Cartridges: 

For the moment you can drop off your used cartridges in the bin located at the parking desk in the Public Safety Building. PESA and Staff Council are working with Tonerbuyers, Cartridges-for-Kids, and FundingFactory to recycle toner ink cartridges. If you have questions, you can contact Cindy Norton at (719) 255-3212 or The links for which cartridges are acceptable can be found here: Toner Buyer, Cartridges for Kids, and FundingFactory

Look soon for boxes at these locations where you can drop your spent toner/ink cartridges:

  • • Osbourne Center 2nd floor lobby (built-in recycling unit)
  • • University Hall (Front Desk)
  • • Information Technology Help Desk (El Pomar Center)
  • • Campus Services Building Front Desk
  • • University Center Entrance near information desk
  • • Public  Safety near front desk
  • • Family  Development Center front desk
  • • Main Hall 1st Floor North Lobby (#100G)
  • • Dwire Hall 1st Floor Front Lobby and Mailroom (#235)
  • • Engineering Building 1st Floor Lobby
  • • Centennial Hall 1st Floor

Plastic Bags:

UCCS Bookstore has a box to put plastic wraps in.


We recycle our electronics with Blue Star Recycling because they are e-Steward certified. This certification means they practice responsible recycling procedures to ensure hazardeous chemicals are not put into our environment and to protect human health. With this certification, we know that Blue Star Recyclers adhere to the highest standard of environmental responsibility and work protection.

Recycling off-campus in our personal lives is important too. While Colorado Springs lacks some of the recycling resources of other cities in Colorado, with a little effort it is possible to recycle most anything that is recyclable here. For more information on local recycling resources, visit the city's recycling web site.