The excessive use of resources is one of the greatest challenges that the environmental movement faces. In America, we are socialized to consume and dispose, consume and dispose. By recycling instead of throwing products away, we can salvage some of the resources that would otherwise sit in a landfill for centuries. The more resources we can recycle, the less resources need to be harvested. Drake recognizes that each individual and institution must make a commitment to return useable material back to the production cycle through various initiatives.
It is our philosophy that recycling is most effective when it is made easy and convenient, and this has made a significant impact. By avoiding the hassle of sorting each recyclable material, Drake’s recycling load has doubled, diverting many resources from the landfill to be recycled and reused.
Single-stream recycling can be seen in the residence halls, offices and across campus. With the expansion of our system, University offices were given their own recycling bins and much smaller sized trash cans. Drake has also placed stainless steel recycling bins across campus in academic and administrative buildings to make recycling more convenient.
The Metro Waste Authority website contains a complete list of what can and can't be placed in single-stream recycling bins. If you are a resident and have questions about recycling collection, please contact your hall’s environmental chair.
Aside from single stream recycling, Drake recycles additional products. Drake has a proud history of recycling multiple products by either returning resources to the production cycle or by donating items to the community.