When students move out of the residence halls, donation stations help keep clothing, office supplies, futon frames, and carpeting out of the landfill. In 2013, most of the donated items were given to Triangles Residential Option for Substance Abusers.
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 Stadium, 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 has since expanded and recycling is encouraged at every tailgate. Starting in 2011, the Environmental Affairs Committee of Student Government partnered with OWRR to run Game Day Challenge, a friendly competition between colleges and universities to see which institution can reduce and recycle the most waste from a single home football game.
Rather than sending the mattresses removed during residence hall renovation to the landfill, 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.
Since 2009, all students on meal plans receive a reusable food container. Once used, the container is exchanged for a clean and sanitized unit. This three-compartment, polypropylene clamshell is now the only to-go container in use at the dining halls. Since the program's inception, approximately 76,000 Styrofoam containers have been eliminated annually.
Customers who purchase and use a Carolina Dining Services reusable drink container receive at 20% discount on their hot and cold beverages. The program is available at Lenoir Mainstreet. The Beach, Tar Heel Cafe, and Rams Head Market. Customers who bring their own reusable beverage container receive a lesser discount that varies by location.
Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling - http://www.wastereduction.unc.edu/
Tar Heel Treasure - http://housing.unc.edu/current-residents/move-out/donate
Nine Lives Mattress Recycling - http://www.ninelivesmattressrecycling.com/
University Mail Services - http://www.fac.unc.edu/
Intra-Mail Network - https://www.intra-mail.com/