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Recycling

Vanderbilt University Campus

For answers to our most frequently asked questions about recycling on campus, please refer to the Campus Recycling FAQ’s page.  Still looking for an answer?  Contact Vanderbilt’s Campus Recycling Manager.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC)

1.  Where do I recycle in VUMC?

Over the past few years, VUMC has significantly expanded recycling programs in many areas. SEMO works collaboratively with VUMC administration to identify waste streams that could potentially be recycled and to evaluate the service infrastructure changes that would be needed to implement a successful recycling program in that area. Recycling operations are typically coordinated with housekeeping service efforts since the collection of recyclables tends to be very similar to processes already in place for the collection of trash. Thus the recycling opportunities available to you are largely dependent on housekeeping services in your area.

School of Medicine

Large blue and green recycling bins for the collection of plastic (resin codes #1-7), aluminum, and paper are located throughout hallways in buildings serviced by School of Medicine Environmental Services, including MCN in non-patient care areas, Light Hall, Eskind Biomedical Library, Robinson Research Building (RRB), Preston Research Building (PRB), Medical Research Building III (MRB III), and Medical Research Building IV (MRB IV).  For more information about this recycling program, contact Daris Merriweather at 2-6107.

Vanderbilt University Hospital

Recycling bins for the collection of plastic (resin codes #1-7) and aluminum are located in staff break rooms, public lobbies, and waiting areas throughout the main hospital, Medical Center North Round Wing, Medical Arts Building, and Oxford House in spaces receiving housekeeping from VUH Environmental Services.  Two outdoor containers are also located on the patio near the Courtyard Cafe and Eskind Biomedical Library. For more information about this recycling program, contact SEMO.  This program accompanies the Cintas confidential paper recycling and cardboard recycling programs.

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Recycling bins for the collection of plastic (resin codes #1-7) and aluminum are located in many administrative offices, break rooms, the Children’s Way Cafe and the exterior skywalks to and from the building. For more information about this recycling program, contact Samantha Wiginton.  This program accompanies the Cintas confidential paper recycling and cardboard recycling programs.

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Doctor’s Office Tower

Large recycling bins for the collection of plastic (resin codes #1-7), aluminum, and paper are located in the freight elevator lobby of each floor. Currently a staff initiative, each area or department collects their own recyclables and empties these items into unlabeled bins.  If a bin is not available on your floor, there is likely one available on the floor immediately above or below you.  For more information about this recycling program, contact Amy Darrow.  This program accompanies the Cintas confidential paper recycling and cardboard recycling programs.

Medical Center East and The Vanderbilt Clinic

Most spaces within Medical Center East and The Vanderbilt Clinic receive housekeeping services through a contract vendor. Currently, there is no recycling program available for these areas through the contract vendor, however there may be opportunities to expand recycling to these areas in the future. The contract service does, however, recycle cardboard.

2.  Where can I recycle small batteries in VUMC?

Small batteries can be recycled by taking them to the HR Express/Commodore Concierge locations in Medical Center North and Children’s Hospital.  Small batteries include normal alkaline batteries such as AA, AAA, C, D, etc. as well as cell phone, laptop, pager, and radio batteries. Specific types of allowable batteries are: lead-acid, alkaline, ni-cad, zinc, lithium, and mercury. Rechargeable batteries are okay to recycle, too. If recycling a rechargeable battery, please place tape over the ends. Large batteries from university-owned equipment (towmotors, vehicles, etc.) are considered regulated waste and should be collected by submitting a Waste Collection Form through Vanderbilt’s normal waste collection process.

3.  How can I recycle my ink cartridges, cell phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s)?

VU recycles ink cartridges in partnership with groups that help children and faculty/staff experiencing hardship at Vanderbilt. For more information about this program, please visit the Ink and Toner Cartridge Recycling page.

How do I recycle electronics?

Students

Residential students can recycle their electronic equipment by placing all parts in a box or bag marked “electronics recycling” and setting the items next to any residential recycling area (located by the dumpsters).  Students are responsible for wiping information from their electronic equipment prior to recycling it.

Faculty and Staff

****Chapter 10 (page 43) of the Vanderbilt Procurement Policies and Procedures for Departments requires that all university-owned equipment, capital or non-capital, be processed through VUMC Surplus Services.****

Faculty and staff can recycle their Vanderbilt electronics by contacting VUMC Moving and Storage Services to get a work order form.  Prior to recycling pickup, all confidential information must be wiped from electronics.  Detailed information about this process including all necessary forms and contacts can be found here.

Faculty and staff wishing to recycle electronics from home have several easy options.  Davidson County residents can visit Metro’s Electronics Recycling page for details.  For residents of counties other than Davidson, just plug your zip code into Earth 911 to learn about electronics recycling options in your area.

Energy

For answers to our most frequently asked questions about energy on campus, please refer to the SustainVU’s Energy page, the ThinkOne energy conservation website, and Frequently Asked Questions about the VU Power Plant. Still looking for an answer? Contact Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO).

Water

For answers to our most frequently asked questions about water on campus, please refer to the SustainVU’s Water page.  Still looking for an answer? Contact Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO).