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Office of Sustainability

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Hofstra University is committed to conserving natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently.  Less waste can be produced by practicing the 3 R's - reduce, reuse and recycle.

REDUCE

Waste prevention means consuming and throwing away less, along with reducing the toxicity of waste discarded (source reduction):  The ways in which wastes are reduced include:

  • Repair and maintenance of durable products
  • Plate First Policy in dining facilities
  • Adapt practices that reduce waste toxicity (laboratory "waste minimization")
  • Food donations to Island Harvest-Long Islands's food rescue organization

REUSE

Reusing products, when possible, is better than recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again.  Examples of reuse on campus include:

  • Break down boxes and containers so they are flat and keep cardboard waste separate from the rest of the waste.
  • Utilize the "white paper" recycling containers whenever present.
  • Take used batteries to the Receiving and Stores counter in the Plant building (open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. . -  5 p.m.).
  • Whenever at the eateries throughout the campus, ONLY take the items you need.  Many unused napkins, plastic utensils and food packets are discarded by diners. 
  • Donation of computer equipment
  • Using ceramic coffee mugs
  • Reusing boxes
  • Photocopying on both sides of a sheet of paper
  • Silver reclamation from the Photo Studio 

RECYCLE

The following items are sorted from the general waste stream on campus:

  • white paper
  • Mixed Paper
  • cardboard
  • cooking oil and grease
  • used vehicle hydraulic\lubricant oils and filters
  • anti-freeze from vehicles and air conditioners
  • fluorescent, metal halide, mercury vapor and high pressure sodium light bulbs
  • dry and wet cell batteries
  • Freon refrigerants
  • paint thinners

All of the above are recycled by various vendors under contract to Hofstra.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Break down boxes and containers so they are flat and keep cardboard waste separate from the rest of the waste.
  • Utilize the "white paper" recycling containers whenever present
  • Take used batteries to the Receiving and Stores counter in the Plant Building (Open Monday - Friday 8a.m.-5p.m.)
  • Whenever at the eateries throughout the campus, ONLY take the items you need.  Many unused napkins, plastic utensils and food packets are discarded by diners. 

DONATIONS

  • Wheels for Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish Metro New York, ( http://newyorkcity.wheelsforwishes.org/ ), this is a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Your generous gift will help grant the wishes of local children with life threatening medical conditions. For immediate scheduling of your donation, please call 1-855-834-9474.