Western Carolina University has a long history of providing recycling services for campus. Our recycling program begin in the early 1970’s with the creation of our food waste collection program in Brown and Dodson Cafeteria. In 1988, we expanded our recycling program to include other waste stream items including separated paper, metal, aluminum, and cardboard. Facilities Management Housekeeping staff has been responsible for collecting all recycling and waste inside campus academic, administrative, and athletic buildings. Facilities Management Grounds staff has handled recycling and waste pick-up outside all buildings. Residential Life Housekeeping staff handle residence hall recycling and waste.
In 2013, OSEM launched the campus-wide WHEE Recycle program and in 2014 created the WHEE Recycle Tailgate Recycling program for all home football games, which is facilitated by Eco C.A.T.S and OSEM interns who manage the program and student volunteers to assist with collections. From 2009 to 2018 our recycling volume has increased by 160.8 tons from 117.2 tons to 278 tons.
This office supports recycling efforts on campus as part of operating a successful campus sustainability program. In the fall of 2016 a new Recycling Coordinator position was created to oversee recycling. During the 8 week long 2018 Recyclemania competition the waste diversion rate was 27.19%, demonstrating the potential of a coordinated recycling effort on campus.