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Green Environment at Detroit Mercy

Green Initiatives

Recycling Programs

  • General recycling bins located at Reno Hall, Shiple Hall, and the Riverfront Campus.
  • Grease recycling dumpsters located at food service loading docks (Corktown and McNichols)
  • Paper recycling dumpster located at Facility Operations yard entrance, behind Shiple Hall, and next to Reno Hall.
  • Aluminum, plastic, and paper recycling containers are located in the residence halls for Custodial Services to pick up.
  • Metal recycling dumpster located in Facility Operations yard.
  • Yard waste recycling dumpster located in Facility Operations yard.
  • Furniture is never thrown away; it is either repurposed or recycled.
  • Used motor oil and antifreeze from University vehicles and equipment are recycled.
  • Freon and other refrigerant gases are reclaimed for failed cooling equipment and recycled.
  • ITS department recycles computers and other electronic equipment.
  • Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity collects plastic and paper in marked recycling bins throughout campus.
  • Absopure collects plastic bottles in designated bins placed near their vending machines around campus.
  • Business Student Advisory Board recycles plastic within Commerce & Finance.
  • Various individual departments implement internal recycling of paper that feeds into the available dumpsters on campus.
  • Facility Operations recycles batteries.
  • Fisher fountain water is treated so it does not have to be replaced as often. 
  • Various gases used around the University use recyclable/refillable gas cylinders.
  • The University’s boiler system is a closed loop system so the treated water is heated into steam, circulated to the buildings and is returned as water to be reheated again.  The chiller system is also a closed loop system that reuses the water as well.
  • Many of our historic buildings have clay tile roof materials that can be reused in the re-roofing of these buildings.  Typically 70-90% of the tile can be reused.
  • Much of the carpet tile used around the University is 100% recyclable.
  • Light fixtures are being replaced with LED lamps that provide a much longer life and reduce materials sent to landfills.
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