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Waste Management and Recycling at the University of Mindanao

Published on March 30, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Director Diamante recycles about 30% of its total waste stream, diverting over 2,000 tons of material from landfills annually. General Services Office of the University is responsible for the collection of waste and recyclables weekly. The University also collects and recycles computers, printers, batteries, and fluorescent light bulbs. Office of the Student Affairs and Alumni Services organize programs that help the students and offices reduce their waste, reuse products to extend their life cycle, and recycle products at the end of their life cycle.

The University composts all leaves to be re-used on the campus landscape. In addition, the University along with the Council of College Student Government provides composting facilities for the entire University, allowing both garden waste drop-off and free compost.

What can be recycled on campus?


Mixed paper is the term used for all types and grades of paper. Paper and cardboard are collected together from all buildings on campus. Almost all paper, with a few exceptions, can be recycled.


  • Office Paper
  • Junk Mail
  • Bulk Packs
  • Glossy Paper
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Notebooks
  • Catalogs
  • Paperbacks
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Phone Books
  • NO Hardcover Books
  • NO Wax Paper
  • NO Soiled Paper


Empty & Flatten:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Drink and ice cream cartons
  • Fiber board (ex: cereal boxes)
  • NO Wax-Coated Cardboard
  • NO Food Soiled Cardboard

Glass, Plastics #1 – #7, and Metals

Glass, all plastic, and metals are recyclable materials that are collected together, or “commingled,” in the University, academic/administrative buildings, and outdoor locations across campus.


  • All glass food and beverage containers (all colors)
  • NO window glass
  • NO light bulbs


All plastic containers, wrappers, and bags are now recyclable on campus. Examples include:

  • Plastic cups, bottles, and lids
  • Shampoo and detergent bottles
  • Plastic packaging
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Candy and chip wrappers
  • NO Foam Products


  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Steel & ferrous cans (canned goods, coffee cans, etc.)
  • NO batteries or electronics


The following items are not recyclable, and should be placed in the trash.


  • Uneaten Food
  • Kitchen Scraps


  • Used Paper Plates, Cups, and Napkins


  • Foam cups and plates
  • Foam containers
  • Foam Packing Inserts or “peanuts”


Where to recycle


Each office and educational building handles its waste and recycling differently. Designated bins and recycling areas are found in the GET, DPT, and PET building.

What else can you do to increase your recycling and reduce your waste?

You can do a lot!

  • Drink from reusable coffee mugs or water bottles
  • Print only when necessary, using the double sided option
  • Shop with reusable bags
  • Eat and store food with reusable containers, plates, silverware, etc.
  • Purchase items with minimal packaging
  • Check products for percentage of Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) before you purchase, especially paper products (i.e. printer paper)
  • Inquire about programs to donate used printer cartridges (i.e. local schools)
  • Support suppliers with a sustainability program
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