University of Pittsburgh Facilities Management

Sustainable Operations

Recycling Initiative

  • FM began an aggressive initiative in 2005 to expand and improve our recycling program in E&G facilities.
  • Developed and implemented a recycling and trash removal training program for all custodians and supervisors.
  • Implemented dual-container janitorial carts to prevent the common perception that recyclables are being disposed of as trash. Currently in use in all daylight-cleaned areas.
  • Recently upgraded the program to begin recycling plastic grades 1 through 5 (previously recycled only grades 1 and 2.)
  • Our enhanced battery recycling program now recycles everyday disposable batteries as well as NiCad and Lead Acid batteries.
  • Implemented a Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris recycling program to recycle additional construction debris (i.e. mixed metals, stone, wood products, etc.)
Back to Top
Hillman Library Carpet Recycling

  • Recently replaced the carpet in Hillman Library.
  • All carpet removed from the building was taken by the carpet installer for recycling.
  • Once all results were tallied, over 71,240 pounds of carpet was diverted from the landfill, and over 255 tons of carbon dioxide credits were retired.
Back to Top

  • Pitt is participating in the national RecycleMania competition for the third time in 2011.
  • Expanded participation in 2010 to the Competition Division (full campus).
  • FM works with student group Free the Planet, Residence Life, Housing Services, and Sodexo to plan and promote the program.
  • Materials are collected and measured each Friday and results are submitted to RecycleMania on a weekly basis.
  • The 2010 competition ended on March 27, 2010 (ten week competition)
  • Set an internal goal to recycle 15 pounds per person (combined goal for cans/bottles, paper, and corrugated cardboard.)
  • Results: (internally calculated)
    • Bottles & Cans 35,475 lb.
    • Corrugated Cardboard 329,455 lb.
    • Paper 168,873 lb.
    • Total Per Capita Recycled 14.94 lb./person (goal was 15 lb./person)
  • 2010 Results
    • "Gorilla Prize" (highest total weight recycled) - Pitt ranked in top 10% of all schools participating.
    • "Targeted Materials – Cardboard" – top 20%.
    • "Per Capita Classic" category – top 40%
    • Big East Conference Rankings:
      • 1st in Corrugated Cardboard
      • 2nd in Grand Champion, Gorilla Prize, and Paper
      • 3rd in Per Capita Classic, Waste Minimization, and Bottles & Cans
Back to Top