Resource Use + Recycling

Recycling Guide

To help you contribute to our collective zero waste success we’ve complied a list of the most commonly asked questions about recycling, as well as a picture guide. We know it can be confusing to know exactly what is recyclable and what isn’t so we’ve got your back.

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Waste is a side of sustainability that we interact with every day of our lives

Indiana University utilizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting to minimize waste and increase waste diversion. Numerous initiatives exist to divert waste from the landfill, but sustainable waste management involves more than just recycling; it requires us to look not just “downstream” to our waste’s destination, but also “upstream” to its origins.

Our Hoosier 2 Hoosier program works to divert reusable items from the landfill during student move-out in the spring and resale to students and the community in the fall—all while raising funds for Bloomington nonprofits.

Learn More About Hoosier 2 Hoosier

Goals + Progress

IU's major resource goal is to reduce campus solid waste by 50% by 2020. This goal is one of twenty goals composing the 2020 Vision Goals. Outreach events such as Recyclemania and impactful measures such as steps toward zero waste campus dining help move the needle. Currently, a waste audit being undertaken to make progress toward a "Zero Waste" campus.

View STARS to See Our Progress

Programs + Resources

Ongoing initiatives such as Hoosier 2 Hoosier,IU Surplus and Greening Cream & Crimson; coupled with campus recycling receptacles help contribute to IU's waste reduction. A continuously updated collection of resources can help you sustain IU to improve collective action and progress to sustainable waste management practices across the University.

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Working Group

Open to faculty, staff, and students across all IU campuses, members of the working group meet monthly to collaborate on sustainable resource use initiatives. To join these efforts, co-chaired by Professor Kelly Eskew, Tom Fallwell, please contact us.

Open RUR WG meetings are currently on a hiatus.

Sustain IU

Office of Sustainability
704 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812.855.9195