About the Program

Vision
To preserve the environment by providing beneficial waste reduction resources for UCO students, faculty and staff.

Mission
The UCO Recycling Program is a campus-based program committed to promoting public awareness of environmental preservation through education and effective waste management practices.

Murdaugh HallHistory
The University of Central Oklahoma Recycling Program (UCORP) officially began in 2007, but the University has been recycling materials such as paper, oil, and landscape trimmings for several years. In 2007, as part of our commitment to resource and environmental preservation, UCO undertook the development of a comprehensive recycling program and expanded the service to include a wide variety of waste materials that are collected and diverted from area landfills.

Currently, the UCORecycling program operates as Facilities Management service, under the direction of the Physical Plant Director. A steering committee, made up of Physical Plant personnel, participate in program development and monitor the implementation of services. The program is designed to make recycling easy and accessible to all students, faculty, staff and campus guests. One of the key concepts of UCORP is to foster environmental stewardship through the recycling, reuse and reduction of solid waste generated campus-wide.

The University of Central Oklahoma won first place in two of five categories in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 Game Day Challenge. The win advances Central's role as a national leader in innovative sustainability initiatives. Central was one of 77 universities and colleges to participate in the challenge, encouraging campus communities to implement waste reduction programs during a home football game in October, and was the only institution to win in multiple categories.

Purpose
The goal of the UCO Recycling Program is to encourage better environmental practices by providing a convenient way for everyone on campus to recycle. To ensure students, faculty and staff have easy access to recycling containers, we have placed collection stations in buildings throughout campus.

  • Collection stations for plastic bottles and aluminum cans are centrally located in common areas, near vending machines or study areas.

  • Collection stations for paper are located in common areas, copy rooms and computer labs. Desk-side paper recycle containers are also available for office areas.

  • Corrugated Cardboard can be broken down and placed at paper collection sites for weekly pick up. All cardboard set aside for recycling must be free contaminates such as packing materials (styrofoam, plastic, paper, etc.), food residue and/or wax coating. 

  • Batteries and printer cartridges can be turned in to the building captain for recycling.  Each building has a designated collection site for batteries and printer cartridges.