Recycling, Composting, and Waste

blue recycle bin with white recycle symbol

Through policies adopted by Butler’s Operations/Facilities and Building Services departments, the University is able to save materials that would be sent to the landfill:

  • Butler University utilizes a single-stream recycling program that recycles all paper products, plastics #1 and #2, aluminum, and glass. Items are collected at more than 90 recycle stations located throughout various campus building hallways and outdoors.  
  • Butler’s Building Services collects used batteries, light fixtures and ballasts, empty toner cartridges, laptops, tablet batteries, and electronic cabling from offices, departments, and residence halls on an as-needed basis and recycles them. (To recycle batteries, please interoffice mail them to Tim Downs, Service Center, Room 118/Operations or drop them off in Gallahue Hall, Room 118, M–F 8:00 AM–5:00 PM).
  • Used and outdated furniture is donated to Indianapolis’ local branch of the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Charitable Organization.
  • Any usable older computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, and monitors are sold through Christy’s Auction House.
  • All landscaping waste is kept out of campus waste receptacles.
  • As required by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for new construction and renovations, 90 percent of construction debris is diverted from landfills, including scrap metal, bricks, and old/unused wood.
  • All old carpeting removed during building renovation is recycled.
  • Hinkle Fieldhouse seats were salvaged during the renovation project and sold to the public.

*Items put into recycling bins must be empty and clean. Drinks must be dumped out prior to recycling and food containers must go to waste if dirty. For example, pizza boxes with grease are not recyclable. Certain items such as plastic wrappers or napkins cannot be recycled.