Environmental Purchasing Report 2015

Recycling Programs (Diverted from Landfill)

431,642 pounds of Office Waste Paper were shredded through contract with Shred-It.

      • Decrease of 8% from 2014
      • Represents 2,158 trees saved


77,687 pounds of Electronic Scrap was recycled through contract with GES.

      • Increase of 19% from 2014


4,885 Toner Cartridges were recycled through contract with Clover Technologies.

      • Increase of 50% from 2014


1,893,480 pounds recycled through Single Stream Recycling Program through QRS.

      • Increase of 1% from 2014


Office Supplies and Printing Services

Over 17,000 Office Supplies items are offered with a recycled content of 30% to 100%.

      • 21.5% of all Office Supply Products purchased by UofL Departments had a recycled content.  This represents a total of 14,699 items.
      • 58% of all Core List (>1200 items) contain a recycled content


3,301 Recycled Toner Cartridges were purchased in 2015.

      • All Toner Cartridges are required to be remanufactured if available


73,436 Reams of recycled Copy Paper was purchased in 2015.

      • Savings:  937 trees; 3,416,000 L of water; 41,876 kg of waste; 
        383,507 kg of CO2; 178 kg NOx; >7 households energy consumption


1,200 Cartons of recycled paper used in University Print Shop had a recycled content of at least 30%.

      • Contract with outside Printing Firms required the use of a minimum 30% recycled content.


UofL Stores Department

Paper Products (Towels, Tissue, Envelopes, etc.) carry a Recycled Content from 30% to 50%.

Carpet from Mohawk meets Carpet and Rug Institute Indoor Air Quality Program and contains a recycled content.

All Cleaning Chemicals and Products are Green Seal Certified by both University Physical Plant Department and Contract Vendors.

Other products with a recycled content:  Trash Can Liners, Trash Cans, Microfiber Mop Heads, Brooms, Buffing Pads.


Other Environmental University Reporting

New Construction and Major Renovation Projects are designed for LEED Certificat;ion.

Construction Firms required to recycle construction waste.

      • Stricter requirements being developed for Contractor compliance


All purchases of Computer Equipment and Appliances are required to be Energy Star Compliant.

      • New University purchase practices being considered for stricter requirements


All materials (Dorm Furniture and Convector Units) removed from dorms during Mold Remediation at Miller and Threlkeld Halls were recycled or donated to Habitat for Humanity.  Nothing was sent to landfill.

All new purchases of Vehicles other than Emergency Vehicles and Grounds Equipment are required to be Flex Fuel Compliant under DOE directive.


Established Programs

Partnership for a Green City

GES Recyclables

QRS Recycling

Shred-It Services

Clover Technologies