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Waste Reduction


Through the selection and purchase of products and services that minimize environmental impact, we aim to reduce the environmental footprint of our residence halls. Some examples are:

  • Procurement of
    carpet tiles
    instead of roll goods. Carpet tiles are made with recyclable content, and allow replacement of individual 2x2' tiles rather than disposal of an entire room's carpet.
  • Exploration and use of green cleaning and pest control products that reduce waste and toxic chemicals.
  • Replacement of paper housing application forms, contracts and leases with online processes, and use of
    electronic media
    rather than paper newsletters and flyers. Staff computers are also being replaced with more energy-efficient models.


Housing & Residence Life strives to reuse materials whenever possible, in order to minimize waste. Current initiatives include:

  • Utilization of recycled content in all paper products
  • Disposal of furniture and other materials through Surplus Property or charity donations so that it can be reused. 1,734 pieces of furniture were sent to Surplus in 2009.
  • Sponsorship of the
    Chuck It for Charity
    program, which collects reusable furniture, appliances, carpets, clothes and other items that students no longer want at the end of the academic year and provides them to charitable organizations in the Charlottesville community. In 2013 the program diverted approximately
    10,350 pounds
    of waste from landfills.
  • Use of recycled content, renewable wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and soy-based foams in furniture


Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. In conjunction with UVA Recycling, the following efforts are underway:

  • Buildings demolished for the Alderman Road Replacement Project are being recycled. 15,606 tons of wire, pipe, brick, concerte, slate and other usable materials were recycled from Dobie, Balz and Watson Houses - about
    75 percent
    of the total building materials.
  • Placement of recycling collection areas and receptacles in all residence areas. Two-sort containers are provided: glass, aluminum, steel and plastic go in one side, and mixed paper and cardboard goes in the other.
  • Administrative, maintenance and housekeeping staff recycle paper, cardboard, batteries, carpet, key blanks and other metals. During the 2008-2009 fiscal year,
    400 pounds
    of obsolete keys were recycled.

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle