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Recycling Containers

To report overflowing recycling containers call 273-4400

Click here to read more about our Mixed Recycling Initiative

 

Panther Parkway Recycling Substation

The University of Northern Iowa and the City of Cedar Falls have joined forces to provide a city/university collection site on the UNI campus. Located west of Hudson Road, the site is north of the UNI Power Plant on the west side of Panther Parkway.

The city purchased nine roll-off containers, eight of which are currently used for recycling at the site.  Set on concrete pads, they will accept household recyclables; including plastics coded 1 through 7, plastic grocery bags, clear and colored glass, tin cans, office paper, cardboard, newsprint and magazines. The city assisted with site development and improvements. The university provides site surveillance, grounds maintenance and trash removal.

For more on the recycling substation, contact Brian Heath at (319) 268-5575.

Recyclable Items/FAQ

The Panther Parkway Recycling station has diverted the below materials from the landfill (in tons):

Panther Parkway

 

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

Glass

18.63

16.01

19.29

16.61

16.76

Tin

11.55

11.32

10.54

10.50

10.69

Plastic

43.68

44.99

40.25

40.88

41.24

Cardboard

85.63

83.43

79.54

87.15

106.51

Newsprint

117.78

112.41

102.17

99.84

103.31

Plastic Bags

2.42

3.96

2.14

2.55

4.90

Office Paper

29.47

28.13

25.56

25.12

25.71

Styrofoam

na

na

na

na

1.13

Total Tons

           309.16

           300.25

           279.49

           282.65

           310.25

   

 

Paper Recycling

The University of Northern Iowa has an active paper recycling program. Approximately 250,000-350,000 pounds are recycled annually from academic buildings. In most academic buildings there are generally two waste receptacles at work stations, one dedicated to paper and the second for all other refuse. The custodial staff maintains both receptacles, sometimes on an alternate night basis. Transportation Services moves the paper from the academic buildings to the compactor at the West 27th Street warehouse.

Virtually all paper items may be recycled in this manner including phone books.

Printer Cartridge Recycling

Campus Supply recycles old printer ink cartridges. To recycle, send printer cartridge to mail code 0193 and mark the cartridge "recycle". Rechargeable batteries under 2 lbs are also recycled. This recycling system saves UNI money.

Department of Residence Recycling

The Department of Residence has a collection system in place at University residence halls for mixed recycling.  

Big Belly Kiosks

UNI has 6 Big Belly Solar Kiosks at high traffic areas on campus.  The kiosks contain a Big Belly solar compactor flanked by two recycling containers for mixed recycling. Additionally, there are 6 standalone Big Belly solar compactors near other major crossroads on campus. These compactors both reduce campus litter and the time our Grounds staff spends emptying the containers. The recycling containers further enhance opportunities to recycle.

Please see the UNI Office of Sustainability for additional resources.

Refuse

While the University has a number of recycling and sustainability efforts, actual waste is taken to the Black Hawk County Landfill (usually via the City of Cedar Falls Transfer Station at 15th & State Streets).

Academic Year waste disposal (in tons):
 2009-20102010-20112011-20122012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016
LANDFILL1,530.611,430.751,462.611,249.371,167.041,303.271,301.22