Recycling & Composting
The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point recycling and composting program began in 1989. The program was initiated with very little guidance and a very small budget. The campus created its recycling program from scratch and continues to work with its own unique system to this day. The UWSP recycling program includes recycling bins located in all campus dining locations, and recycling of items such as batteries, grease and oil, and appliances.
UWSP has its own recycling and reuse center and all of the work is handled by UWSP Grounds Crew. Composting is also a part of the UWSP Grounds Crew’s normal routine. Food waste is composted and used for fertilizer in flower beds and on practice fields. The compost pile is located next to the recycling and reuse center. Dining also works with WIST in support of the FRESH Project collecting compostable PLA to-go wares for reclamation.
DSC also took the step in 2009 to eliminate the sales of bottled water in all locations and to focus on the use of reusable bottles. This was later extended to all of campus by SGA after they banned bottled water in vending machines.
Used cooking oil is collected by the College of Natural Resources for biofuels research and by SANIMAX to be used in biodiesel creation.