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sustainNU - Office of Sustainability


wasteNU recycles more than 1,800 tons of the 5,300 tons of waste generated annually, representing a 34 percent diversion rate. Recycling has been a part of Northwestern University’s campus greening efforts since 1989. Students started the program and it is now a part of daily operations across our campus. Reducing waste and increasing our diversion rate are an important part of our campus sustainability efforts. Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions, water pollutants, and saves energy.

How you can make a difference:

  • Recycling two aluminum cans saves the equivalent energy needed to power a PC for one workday.
  • Five plastic soda bottles are enough to make the fiberfill to insulate one ski jacket.
  • Recycling one glass jar saves the equivalent energy needed to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
  • Every ton of paper recycled saves enough energy to heat and air condition the average American home for at least 6 months.

Learn more about recycling at Northwestern:

We would love to hear your feedback, hear your ideas, and/or answer your questions! If you need additional recycling bins, please contact NU Recycling at 847-467-1374.