Impact & Data

Campus green space. Photo by Craig Chandler

As a result of your recycling efforts in 2019, UNL was able to conserve:

tree-big-1(nature-ecology)

11,837 Trees

blood-drop(health)

4,874,240 Gallons of Water

factory(places)

974,848 lbs of Air Pollution

lightbulb-4(lights)

2,854,912 kW Hours of Electricity

truck-1(shipping-delivery)

2,298 cu yd of landfill space

Solid Waste & Recycling Calculations


Recycled Materials 2015-2019 (units = tons)
Recycled Materials 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cardboard 227 268 290 340 330
Office Paper 241 241 303 300 329
Mixed Paper 40 53 40 20 45
Printer's Mix (Included in Office Paper from 2018 and on) 56 39 12 - -
Shredding 42 31 9 17.41 13.93
Hardback Books 67 85 128 128.06 128.06
Plastic & Aluminum 27 27 32 42 40
Cartridges 6 7 8 3 5
Metal 309 317 275 236 413
Pallets 44 71 68 61 49
Broken Pallets, Trees, Branches & Wood 603 603 631 759 26
Batteries (vehicle) 1 1 2 1 1
Tires 3 6 4 7 5
Misc. Cooking Grease  3 3 3 3 14
Motor oil  5 5 5 5 6
Oil (EHS) 7 6 2 2 4
Batteries (EHS) 6 3 4 6 4
Antifreeze (EHS) 1 1 5 1 1
Oil Filters (EHS) < 1 1 1 1 1
Monitors/Computers/Electronics (EHS) 95.13 82 54 54 48
Light Bulbs (EHS) 1 1 2 2 2
Ballasts (EHS) 5.18 5 4.43 9 7
Mercury Items (EHS) < 1 0 < 1 0 0
Total Recycling (tons) 1794 1918 1930 2047 1500
Percent Recycled 38% 42% 45% 46.61% 39.75%

Reused Materials 2015-2019 (units = tons)
Reused Materials  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Redistributed Materials (estimate) 259 339 126 155 176
Concrete removals (estimate) 954 991 1327 625 53
Asphalt grindings (estimate)  38 435 11 9 1800
Total Reused Materials (tons) 1251 1765 1464 789 2030
Total Recycled & Reused  3040 3657 3395 2826 3530
Percent Diversion 51% 58% 59% 54.74% 60.81%

Solid Waste 2015-2019 (units = tons)
Solid Waste  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Solid Waste Total (tons) 2886 2683 2397 2345 2275