Campus Recycling Efforts

Richland Community College has several recycling programs in use to help reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfills. There are several that directly involve students, faculty and staff involvement, and others are more passive in nature. Download the "Richland Recycles" brochure.

Aluminum Cans

An aluminum can collection bin is located in the hallway near the Campus Life Office (C133). Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to deposit their aluminum cans at this location. Aluminum cans are collected and transported to Sol Tick & Company to be recycled.

Battery Recycling

Richland Community College recycles, and will accept for recycling, a wide variety of batteries, including 12 volt car batteries, UPS batteries, laptop batteries, cell phone batteries, Ni-Cad, Lithium, Metal Hydride, and dry-cell batteries. Battery terminals must be insulated with a cap or insulating foam before they are brought in for recycling. Properly prepared batteries for recycling can be dropped off in room E133 during normal business hours.

Beverage Bottles - Plastic

Plastic pop bottle collection bins are situated at various locations throughout the main campus building. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to deposit their empty, used plastic bottles in these collection bins to be recycled.

Composting

Richland Community College recycles all yard waste. Grass clippings are mulched and returned to the ground. Leaves are deposited to the compost site on campus. Small tree limbs are chipped and added to the compost site. Large limbs are collected and taken to a nearby facility where they are chipped to be used for mulch.

Corrugated Cardboard Recycling

Richland Community College has a program with Midwest Fiber to recycle corrugated cardboard. Boxes to be recycled must be broken down (made flat) and placed in the cardboard recycling bin located in the college van parking area outside the East Hallway. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE BOXES IN THE HALLWAYS, AS THIS IS A FIRE HAZARD.

Eyeglasses Recycling

Richland Community College will accept used prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses for recycling. Glasses are collected in cooperation with the area Lions Club Recycle for Sight program. Drop off old glasses at the Operations & Purchasing Office in E131.

Light bulb Recycling

Richland Community College recycles its used compact flourescent light bulbs up to 4 feet in length in collaboration with Macon County Solid Waste.

Paper Recycling

Paper to be recycled must be separate by type and should be placed in the appropriate paper recycling bins located in the college van parking area outside the East Hallway.

Steel Recycling

Steel for the Welding program is received as scrap from area businesses for welding students to use. When the welding students are done with the steel, it is placed in a steel recycling bin. Some is returned to the businesses who made the original donation, and the scrap is transported to Sol Tick and Company for recycling.

Used Equipment Giveaway/Recycling

Used audio/visual and computer equipment is stored temporarily until a "Used Equipment Giveaway" can be organized. Local non-profit businesses and organizations are contacted to attend the giveaway. Any items not claimed by the non-profit businesses and organizations (with the exception of inkjet printers) are sent to Macon County Solid Waste to be recycled.

Used Furniture Giveaway/Recycling

Richland Community College makes every effort to find new homes for old/used furniture that is no longer needed by the College. The majority of old furniture is donated to local non-profit businesses and organizations.

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