Waste Management at UWF
The contractor for the University of West Florida is Republic Services. Services provided include trash pick-up, recycle pick-up and other special services.
Waste Management Schedule
The container pick-up schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday: Trash pick-up - Blue Dumpsters
- Wednesday: Recycle pick-up - Green Dumpsters
- Thursday: Recycle Cart Pick-up (Must be placed outside of building no later than 11:30 AM)
- Friday: Trash pick-up - Blue Dumpsters
Recycle carts are single stream containers provided for smaller recyclable material such as:
Paper (Loose and Shredded Paper MUST be Bagged), Cardboard, Plastic Bottles, Aluminum Cans, Books (See note below).
Heavy items are permitted however please fill no higher than halfway due to the extreme weight and difficulty in placing them outside.
If additional carts are needed, please contact the Facilities & Operations office at (850) 474-2007.
Recycling at UWF
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
The choice is yours - Save It or Waste It.
GREEN DUMPSTERS - RECYCLABLES Material ACCEPTED for recycling:
- Copy paper,
- Notebook paper
- Computer paper
- Cereal boxes
- Shoe boxes
- Most gift boxes
- Soda/beverage containers
- Food packaging containers (macaroni and cheese, rice, microwave meals)
BLUE DUMPSTERS - SOLID WASTE ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED for recycling:
- Egg cartons
- take-out containers
- Plastic shopping bags
- Large plastic items (rigid plastics that are gallon-sized or smaller are ok)
- Wire coat hangers
- Pizza boxes
- Food waste
- Large metal items
- Steel cans
- Aerosol cans (metals that are gallon-sized or smaller are ok.)
RecycleMania began in January 2001 as a challenge between Ohio University and Miami University. Looking for ways to motivate student to recycle more, their recycling coordinators tapped into the existing sports rivalry to see which one could recycle the most per student over a 10 week period. Miami won that first year and the RecycleMania Tournament was born.
Over the next several years the competition grew informally, adding schools by word of mouth.
Beginning in 2004, RecycleMania partnered with the US EPA WasteWise program to develop a website and for the first time provide dedicated administrative support for the program. In 2005 the program expanded to include the Recycling Rate category (later to be retitled Diversion), followed the next year with the introduction of the Waste Minimization, Food Organics and targeted materials categories.
RecycleMania has continued to grow. Since 2001 over 1,000 colleges and universities across the US and Canada have participated.
RecycleMania 2018 begins February 4 and runs through March 31. It is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.
Previously, nearly 400 schools, with more than 4.5 million students and over 1.1 million faculty and staff, have participated in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. New York leads the pack with 34 colleges participating, followed by Texas (25) and Massachusetts (25). Florida is represented by 11 colleges, including the University of West Florida. In 2015, over 80 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials were recovered, which prevented the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 24,846 cars from the road for one year.
Over an 8-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.
Weekly results can be followed at the RecycleMania website in the "Competition Division". Schools compete in any of 11 categories targeting commonly recycled or composted materials such as paper and paper-based packaging, aluminum, plastics bottles, electronics and food organics. Updated rankings published online each Friday allow schools to track their progress and rally to improve their standings against rival colleges.