When students move out of the residence halls, a program called Tar Heel Treasure ensures that old items in good shape are reused rather than trashed. Materials are saved and resold at low prices in a community-wide sale. From electronics to shoes, food, and textbooks, the Tar Heel Treasure sale saved 111 cubic yards of landfill space and raised $7,000 for the Eve Marie Carson Scholarship and $1,000 worth of items were donated to the N.C. Children’s Hospital in 2009.
Nike Reuse-A-Shoe chose UNC as a pilot campus for their program, which collects old shoes and turns the soles into athletic surfaces like basketball courts, playgrounds, and tracks.
To further involve students in the effort to reduce and reuse, the Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling launched their Residential Green Games, which pits on-campus student residential communities against each other to see who can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most. Over 9,000 on-campus students participate each year.
In response to a November 2003 Student Congress resolution, OWRR and the Athletics Department launched a pilot project to recycle plastic bottles and beverage and popcorn cups at football games in Kenan Stadium. Initially run by OWRR staff and volunteers, recycling stations have been established and are now run by the Athletics Department. Encouraged by the success at Kenan, the Athletics Department has expanded the recycling program to its other outdoor venues. A trial Tailgating Recycling Program was implemented in 2008 and collected 0.68 tons of materials. The program will be expanded in the future.
Rather than landfilling the mattresses removed during residence hall renovation, UNC Housing found Nine Lives Mattress Recycling in Pamplico, South Carolina, that recycles 100 percent of old mattress materials. The plastic wrapping on the new mattresses is taken by a local grocery store that has a recycling partnership with Trex Products. The wrappings are recycled alongside plastic shopping bags to make decking materials.
To help reduce overall paper waste, University Mail Services works with the Intra-Mail Network (IMN). In the past, undeliverable bulk mail, such as an improperly addressed catalogue, was deposited in a recycling bin in the mail center. Now, IMN works with participating commercial mailers to ensure that mail is deliverable.
A program called One Less Cup encourages students to carry reusable mugs. Several coffee shops on campus provide stickers and discounts to students who do.
Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling - http://owrr.facilities.unc.edu/
Tar Heel Treasure - http://tarheeltreasure.unc.edu/
Nike Reuse-A-Shoe - http://www.nikereuseashoe.com/
Nine Lives Mattress Recycling - http://www.ninelivesmattressrecycling.com/
University Mail Services - http://www.fac.unc.edu/
Intra-Mail Network - https://www.intra-mail.com/