Environmental Purchasing Report 2017

Recycling Programs (Diverted from Landfill)

326,132 pounds of Office Waste Paper were shredded through contract with Shred-It.

      • Represents 1,631 trees saved


13,505 pounds of Electronic Scrap was recycled through contract with Powerhouse


2,166 Toner Cartridges were recycled through contract with Clover Technologies.


2,215,220 pounds recycled through Single Stream Recycling Program through QRS.

      • Increase of 15% from 2015


Office Supplies and Printing Services

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

      • 14.2% of all Office Supply Products purchased by UofL Departments had a recycled content.  This represents a total of 6,634 items.
      • 58% of all Core List (945 items) contain a recycled content


385 Recycled Toner Cartridges were purchased in 2016.

      • All Toner Cartridges are required to be remanufactured if available


67,280 Reams of recycled Copy Paper was purchased in 2016.

      • Savings:  749 trees (2 American Football Fields); 74,510 lbs. of waste (3 garbage
        trucks); 728,100 gallons of US water (1 Olympic swimming pool); 688,202 lb. of
        CO2 (emissions of 105 cars per year); 311 lb. of NOx (emissions of one truck
        during 450 days); 611 MMBTU (energy consumption of 6 households per year) 


1,171 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.

LED Lighting added in 2015 to replace Incandescent Bulbs.


Other Environmental University Reporting

New Construction and Major Renovation Projects are designed for LEED Certification.

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