PCL Recycling Bins


Year: 2011

Grant Amount: $3000

In 2009, the PCL Green Team started collecting aluminum and plastics in high-traffic areas of the library. Once the PCL Green Team received funding from the Green Fee, they were able to install 60 new blue recycling bins around the library, each with a sign that educates students on what materials can be recycled versus what needs to be thrown away. The PCL Green Team monitors the recycling bins, noting that they collected over 600 bags of recyclable materials during the first semester of this initiative.

For more information on the PCL Green Team, check out this link:  http://blogs.lib.utexas.edu/green/2010/11/10/pcl-green-team-history/


Zero Impact Band


Year: 2012, 2014

Grant Amount: $2,500 (2012)

The Longhorn Band uses many products that are recyclable, and is currently making a conscious effort to educate members on recycling and composting the everyday materials members use. They seek to become a “Zero Impact Band,” meaning that 90% of materials used can either be recycled, composted, or reduced all together.

The Longhorn Band used Green Fee funding to order reusable cups and water bottles for their members in order to encourage reuse and recycling. They also worked with Pok-E-Jo’s, a local barbeque company that provides meals for the band on game day, to use compostable dishes and silverware. Future projects include ordering iPads for directors and section leaders to use in order to reduce paper. Renewed funding will take this project into the 2014-2015 academic year.

Battery Recycling in RLM

Battery Recylcing

Source: Earth911.com

Year: 2013

Grant Amount: $7,145

The project started a pilot battery recycling initiative based out of the Robert Lee Moore building. The program placed non-flammable recycle bins and supplementary posters around the RLM to promote battery recycling, and measure the collection weekly. The program also maintains the collection bin in SSB near the Forty Acres Pharmacy.

Fryer Waste to Fueling Wheels (Biodiesel)

Source: EnviroGreenInc.com

Source: EnviroGreenInc.com

Year: 2013

Grant Amount: $15,000

UT produces hundreds of gallons of waste food oil weekly. Combined with its fleet of diesel vehicles,  a demand for biodiesel exists.  This project proposes a student-led food-oil to biodiesel recycling program for with a report on the program’s success after one  year.

Expansion of Composting Services

Source: BoulderCanyonFoods.com

Source: BoulderCanyonFoods.com

Year: 2013

Grant Amount: $25,000

This project established a seed fund to increase composting on campus in a way relevant to students’ daily activities. After speaking with stakeholders, the student team elected to work with University Unions to compost the food and paper waste in the Union food courts (at UNB and SAC). The funds purchased the visible compost & recycling bins and signage, and a few bins to aid in kitchen operations.

Styrofoam Recycling


Year: 2012

Grant Amount: $7,200

Polystyrene in landfills does not break down, and is harmful to produce and dispose of. The Green Fee funded a Styrofoam recycling project with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry that collects Styrofoam once a month outside of Welch, which will help us understand the amount of Styrofoam we use as a university.

Grant funds supported three students over 2012-2014 to oversee the recycling collection and reach out to labs, and fuel and transportation costs to get the material to a recycler. UT typically recycles over 235 lbs of Styrofoam per month.

At the end of the 2012-2013 year, the unused project funds rolled over to the Office of Sustainability, which continued the program in 2013-2014. The Styrofoam collection was institutionalized by Facilities Services and continues to date.