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Waste Management & Recycling

EKU is committed to reducing municipal solid waste sent to landfill by 20% by 2022, from a 2017 baseline.

Did you know?

All of EKU's aluminum is donated to the Madison County Habitat for Humanity - EKU's recycled aluminum has purchased FOUR complete "habitat homes" providing low income housing for local families in need!

EKU recycles many other common materials such as paper, plastics, and cardboard as well as batteries, electronic waste, cell phones, and furniture.

Recycling containers are labeled and color coded across campus to help you separate your waste materials for maximum recyclability.

Download the "What goes where?" recycling flyer to help you better understand how to recycle on campus.

Batteries & Inkjet Cartridges
  • Can be mailed internally to Central Stores via Colonels Recycle Envelopes for recycling. If you need an envelope contact the Office of Sustainability.  Please place tape over battery terminals to prevent sparking and do not overstuff envelopes.  ***Fact:  EKU recycled 1,428 lbs of ink and toner cartridges in 2016!
Cell Phones 
  • Student Computing Services and the EKU Police have teamed up to collect old cell phones for the benefit of Hope's Wings Domestic Violence Shelter in Madison County. You can drop them off outside of IT’ office in Combs 230.
Electronic Waste & Furniture
  • Contact Facilities Services directly to schedule pick up unwanted electronics and furniture.
No Glass!
  • Unfortunately, due to local infrastructure limitations, EKU currently cannot recycle glass. 

Where to recycle in Richmond

Richmond City Recycling Center
550 Recycle Drive 
Richmond, KY  40475
Phone: (859) 625-0202
Hours: 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (M-F)
Cost: Free of Charge

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