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Recycling and Waste

We’re making a greener campus through the four Rs: reducing, reusing, repurposing and recycling.

“There is no such thing as ‘away.’ When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”
– Annie Leonard

Read more about Hope's recycling efforts and learn where to recycle specific items. 

Reduce
  • Computing and Information Technology is refining campus work habits to reduce printing and copying by students and staff, e.g., setting lab and library printers to print on both sides of the page by default, eliminating printed monthly budget reports and moving student time cards online
  • Hope's IT initiative brings awareness of technological efficiency to campus departments, saving paper and reducing the hours required to perform recurring tasks
Reuse
  • Reuse all furniture by storing it for later use or donating it to the Rescue Mission
  • Donate anything left from students at the end of the school year to the Rescue Mission
  • Donate mattresses that get replaced in the summer
  • Donate leftover building supplies the Habitat for Humanity's Restore
Repurpose
  • Strategic in usage and repurposing of existing facilities to meet the changing needs of students
  • Upcycling craft events hosted on campus and in the community
Recycle
  • Campus "Recycling Guidelines" program for all of the campus buildings, student residence halls, cottages, and apartments.
  • Office paper recycling is available for all departments; paper is shredded and recycled into home insulation product.
  • Drop off wet cell/rechargeable batteries at Physical Plant for recycling (alkaline batteries [e.g., AAA, AA, C, D] cannot be recycled)
  • Donated graduation gowns for reuse or recycling instead of going into the landfill
  • Recycle fluorescent bulbs and ballasts, transformers and copper wire
  • Use recycled latex paint and team with Repcolite Paints Inc. to recycle unused latex paint instead of sending it to a landfill
  • All food containers at DeVos that are not compostable are recyclable
  • Recycle mattresses that are not in reusable condition
  • Preferring to renovate existing buildings as opposed to using demolition for new construction
  • The Transportation and Grounds Departments recycle all fluids from vehicle maintenance

Find a list of charities that accept usable goods

Hope College Recycling Report

The numbers below are provided by Waste Management (WM) and are estimated based on pick-up schedule, historic WM studies, and EPA averages.  

From January 2017 through April 2017, because of recycling efforts on campus, we saved:

  • 131,934 kW-hrs of electricty (enough to power 11 homes for a full year)
  • 2,460 gallons of oil (enough to heat and cool 12 homes for a full year)
  • 568 gallons of gasoline (enough to drive 15,913 miles)
  • 355 mature trees (enough to produce 4,401,073 sheets of newspaper)
  • 165,765 gallons of water (enough to meet the freshwater needs of 2,955 people for a year)
  • 110 cubic yards of landfill airspace (enough to airspace to meet the disposal needs of a community of 569 people)