Waste Reduction on Campus and Beyond

Columbia strives toward zero waste through our comprehensive recycling program, including in-person recycling training called "Know Where to Throw," as well as the consistent expansion of compost collection in partnership with the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and private carting companies. Waste management is a central tenet of Columbia's sustainability plan.

Recent News: Waste

October 25, 2019

Columbia Kicks Off the Strategic Planning Process for its Next 10-Year Sustainability Plan

As Columbia’s first campus-wide sustainability plan will come to a close in 2020, the Office of Environmental Stewardship launched the planning process to build the next iteration. Plan 2030 – a larger, more ambitious 10-year plan encompassing all four of Columbia’s campuses – will provide a roadmap for the University to take progressive, urgent action around climate change.

We Recycle Columbia-owned Office Furniture

The ReUse Program is a network for exchanging University-owned office furniture and other items among colleagues. The program is a collaboration between the Office of Environmental Stewardship, department administrators across campus, Columbia Community Service, and Facilities & Operations.

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Office & Classroom Furniture

Chairs, desks, file cabinets, book shelves, and more.

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Computer Equipment and Appliances
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Books and Office Supplies

Paper, staples, pens, tape, paper clips, file folders, binders (even if open), and more.

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Lab Supplies & Equipment
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Audio-Visual Equipment and Lighting Fixtures
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Items of Architectural Interest

Topics: Waste