Sustainable Campus

Waste Management

Recycling on campus was spearheaded by various student organizations. The Student Green Energy Fund, with support from Student Government, helped fund the investment of new recycling/trash bins located across campus. Each bin was made in the United States from 1,037 recycled milk jugs. The bins have a section for regular trash but also a portion for aluminum and plastic.

Recently, the University started phasing out single-use latex gloves in all of the laboratories. Now, the more sustainable and eco-friendly option from the Kimberly Clark RightCycle program are being used. The new gloves are collected, transported to a sanitizing facility and reworked into plastic lawn furniture, flower pots and other eco-responsible consumer goods – helping the university divert hundreds of pounds of solid waste from landfills.

USF's St. Petersburg campus encourages students and staff to drop off their home recycling on campus. Home recycling can be dropped off into any of the 96-gallon recycling dumpsters behind the University Student Center.


  • 220,000 pounds of waste recycled
  • 850 barrels of oil conserved
  • Food waste: More than 2,140 pounds of food waste diverted from landfill due to the ORCA biodigester system. Over 100 pounds of food a week donated to charity instead of thrown away due to the Food Recovery Club.
  • Total of 36 outdoor recycling bins – each made out of recycled milk jugs (roughly 36,000 milk jugs)
  • 1,000 pounds of gloves recycled into lawn furniture – diverted from solid waste landfill
  • Over 700,000 pounds of campus yard waste converted to compost a year
  • Campus computing E-waste recycling program


All chemicals and equipment used for cleaning at USF's St. Petersburg campus must meet or exceed the U.S. Green Building Council LEED’s guidelines and must be proven sustainable products.



Campus Computing strives to offer an environmentally-friendly computing experience. We have reduced our carbon footprint and have formed initiatives and partnerships to enhance our environmental responsibility.

Call or visit the Campus Computing Help Desk for information about recycling computer waste.  727-873-4357  |  BAY 226

Efforts Include:

  • Battery disposal at local battery recycling centers.
  • Disposal of our computer parts at local recycling centers.
  • Automatically powering off idle lab and classroom computers.
  • Mobile phone, battery and print cartridge recycling.
  • Promoting the purchase of Restriction of Hazardous Substances compliant low-power computer hardware and peripherals.
  • Purchasing recycled paper and recycling used paper for all Campus Computing needs.