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Waste and Water Systems

Composting

The composting services available to our campus are expanding rapidly in dining halls, residence halls, and special events! Visit Composting to learn more.

Recycling

The Office of Sustainability is working with the Physical Plant to re-vamp the recycling program at the College of Charleston. We're hoping to get a more efficient pick up schedule, add to the materials that we are recycling, and improve visibility and awareness for it.

Visit zerowaste.cofc.edu for the latest on campus recycling services.

Recycling Bin Pilot

In the spring of 2012, the Office received a grant of 1,068 6-gallon personal-size recycling bins from the Alcoa Corporation. In late May 2012, a group of interns began a pilot project to explore the impact that these personal recycling bins could have on campus recycling. The Hispanic Studies Department, located on the first floor of J.C Long, graciously volunteered for our pilot study. Our summer interns started by measuring daily material stream diversion rates in the department before the pilot, distributed over 50 personal bins to individual rooms and offices, and then relocated the large central recycling bins to more convenient areas. By comparing the material diverted before and after bin installation, the Office found that personal bins greatly improved diversion rates in the Hispanic Studies Department.

As a result of the pilot's success, the Office worked with the Honors College in August of 2013 to install personal bins in every residence hall room on campus. 

Water Catchment

ECDC Rain BarrelsIn the summer of 2012, Office interns worked with the College's Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) to install a learning garden and water catchment system on their Wentworth Street campus. The goal of the project was to generate cost savings and environmental benefits while also providing a unique opportunity for ECDC students to learn from the installation. The collection system is not only functional but also well-decorated with attractive and educational artwork. The project will continue to serve as a sustainability site in the community as well as an outdoor classroom for the hard-working teachers at ECDC.

Water catchment systems are also in place at the Political Science Urban Garden and are being operated by the Grounds Department of the College of Charleston. More info on these systems to come!

Rain barrels can be installed many places, even outside your own home. If you would like to learn how to install rain barrels outside your home, read this guide to installing rain barrels!

Water Bottles and Refill Stations

Water Bottle Refill StationIn an effort to reduce the amount of materials sent to the landfill through the use of disposable water bottles, the Office installed water bottle refill stations around campus. To encourage students to reduce their environmental impact and save money by avoiding bottled water, we have also provided all incoming freshman with high quality, stainless steel re-usable bottles.

Check out the Refill Station Campus Map.

Sustainable Move-In and Move-Out

In the Spring and Summer of 2012, the Office joined Residence Life and Housing's Lighten Your Load program and the City of Charleston Livability Division's Operation Move-Out program to make move-in and move-out at the College more sustainable. A student group worked with Residence Life to create a guide book for Lighten your Load, and our interns created a Move-In Pamphelet to help students make more sustainable choices when moving in and moving out. The Office will continue to build these relationships in pursuit of a more sustainable campus culture.