Recycling at Triton
Triton will move towards being a “zero waste” campus by reducing its overall waste, using recycled materials, recycling, and composting.
—Triton College Sustainability Planning Guide
As an institution, Triton has a waste reduction program in place and is committed to waste reduction and recycling as a matter of standard procedure. Practically everything that can be recycled is recycled, and as new recycling opportunities arise, we take advantage. Here are some examples of items and materials that are diverted from the landfill.
Batteries: Batteries are recycled or disposed of properly, as appropriate.Building and construction waste: There are separate dumpsters for waste such as old concrete that results from construction, renovation and repair projects. This material is taken to a facility where it is prepared for recycling and reuse in future projects.Electronics: Computers, AV equipment and other electronics are used to the end of their life cycles and are then recycled by a certified recycler.Food scraps and used cooking oil: Clavio’s Café (Triton’s food service) and Triton’s Culinary Arts (HIA) Department put food scraps in dedicated carts on the loading docks outside the kitchens. The scraps are picked up regularly and taken to a commercial composting facility. Used cooking oil is picked up by a company that makes biodiesel fuel.Metal: Metal scrap is picked up to be recycled and reused. This includes any metal furniture coming out of the classrooms and offices, such as cabinets. Chairs and desks are taken apart and the metal frames recycled. Even old copper wiring and steel support beams that are being replaced go to the recycler.Mixed Stream Recycling: This is used as standard practice throughout the campus.Paper and cardboard: Office documents are shredded prior to recycling.
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