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Outdoor Recycling Bin Update (In Progress)


This project will improve the waste process around the outdoor campus areas and increase recycling participation. It will do this by increasing recycling bin visibility with improved bins and signage, co-locating waste and recycling bins, and improving the overall layout of waste and recycling bins on campus. There are currently 372 concrete trash bins on campus and an additional 60 made of other materials. Facilities & Services initially proposed to remove all 432 of the bins and to replace them with a total of 133 dual bins. Marya Ryan, an Academic Hourly at F&S working on Zero Waste projects, mapped the existing bins for the full University District and turned her maps over to the Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling (PWR) SWATeam for their recommendations on locations for dual bins. PWR SWATeam student member Fangxing Liu wrote an initial draft recommendation for the consolidation of dual bins outside. Additionally, one sample dual bin was installed by F&S Grounds at Altgeld Hall near Wright Street to test durability. In the fall of 2018, CEE students assessed additional bin locations throughout all areas of campus.

During fall 2018, CEE students Junren Wang and Wen-Chi Chen worked on a project to clarify locations and review estimated costs. They mapped the future dual bin locations for the campus, with a total of 161 bins to install. The cost of the first pilot dual bin was about $4,000, so the initial estimate for all of them is about $625,000. The students recommended installing ten dual bins in various locations spread around campus. The student report was submitted with the Fall 2018 Semesterly Report to SSC.

Morgan White and Brent Lewis met with F&S Grounds leadership, Superintendent Ryan Welch and Foreperson Isaac Williams, to initiate the installation. On June 18, 2019, Grounds ordered 30 bins for 15 dual bin locations, using the SSC funding. The material and shipping cost for the bins is $18,523.56. Installation materials and labor will be additional costs. Grounds will confirm the ten locations identified by the CEE students and select an additional five locations. Also, MCORE is installing dual bins at the new bus stops on Green Street with University funding. Additional bins are being installed outdoors during summer 2021 with the first being at the Northwest corner of E-14 and the North side of the Main Quad. Waste Management Intern Sydney Trimble will assist in the systemic updating and organization of the campus-wide rollout to take place this 2021 summer into the fall semester.


This project is a team effort to systematically deploy an updated recycling system across the campus in order to meet the University’s waste needs, as well as advance the need for greater recycling rates. This project stems from iCap 2020 objective 5.2.1 to “install appropriate waste collection infrastructure…with new indoor bins placed in at least 150 buildings by FY24.” The discussion was initiated by F&S with project visualization and recommendations contributed by Marya Ryan and the (PWR) SWATeam, especially student team member Fangxing Liu. Fall 2018 CEE students assessed more bin locations and students Junren Wang and Wen-Chi Chen submitted a project to the SSC on location clarification and cost estimates. F&S, Grounds, and Crafts & Services are working on outdoor bin installation during the summer of 2021.

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Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Morgan White

    Project Leader:

    Morgan White

    Team Members:

    • Syndey Trimble
    • Ryan Welch
    • Stacey DeLorenzo
    • Brent Lewis
    • Isaac Williams

    Prior Contacts:

    • Wen-Chi Chen
    • Junren Wang
    • Fangxing Liu
    • Vincenzo Spagnola
    • Marya Ryan
    • Shantanu Pai


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