Transy sustainability effort: overview


Recycling is one of the most basic ways we eliminate waste and reduce the university’s carbon footprint. Transylvania recycles most materials, including paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum, and items such as batteries, electronics, and ink cartridges. Being “green” is more than just asking how things are made. It also extends to what happens to them when we’re finished with them.

  • Blue recycling bins are located throughout campus, including residence hall rooms, offices, and classrooms. View the Transylvania recycling guidelines.
  • Outdoor recycling bins are being added around campus.
  • In addition to the materials that can be recycled in the blue bins, Transylvania offers ink cartridge, battery, and small electronics (cell phones, MP3 players, etc.) recycling at special recycling stations located across campus, including in the post office, Forrer front lobby, and Brown Science Center.
  • The university takes bulk waste, such as wood from downed trees and leaves from fall cleanup, to a local company to be ground into mulch and other products. 
  • Pre-consumer waste from Forrer Dining Hall is composted through a partnership with Seedleaf.

Recycling posters are available from the sustainability office, or you can print your own.

Resycling bins