Pepperdine's Campus Wide Recycling Program
One of the more direct means of sustaining our environment is through consistent and efficient recycling practices. Recycling reduces the destruction of natural habitats, keeps land free for uses more productive than landfills, ultimately costs less than traditional waste collection, conserves energy and natural resources, saves trees, improves our climate, and reduces pollution.
Trash Vendor Crown Disposal
Pepperdine's recycling vendor, Recology, recycles materials from the refuse produced on campus. Traditional recycling relies on the use of specific bins and ensuring refuse items do not contaminate the wrong bins. Recology requires only one bin, which eliminates the risk of recycle bins being contaminated with non-recyclables. Pepperdine student Tanner Joyce created a documentary following the Recology recycling process, entitled "A Day in the Life of Pepperdine Trash."
Every single recyclable item disposed of at Pepperdine is recycled with an average diversion rate of 78% by mass of the overall campus waste stream. This means that of all the refuse disposed of at Pepperdine, a full 78% of it is diverted from landfills and ultimately reused, while only 22% ends up in a landfill. Crown Disposal is proven to produce higher diversion rates than traditional source separation or separate bin recycling programs. This finding is supported by a two-year study conducted by the City of Los Angeles that found Crown Disposal over twice as effective as source separation recycling programs.
Green Waste Recycling
All on-campus tree trimmings and most brush clearance debris are "chipped" and reused to create pathways and for weed suppression. Any unused brush clearance debris is composted at Crown Disposal, which replaces fertilizer in many areas on campus.
During new building projects, Pepperdine's average diversion rate for construction waste is 80%. Since a large portion of construction waste can be recycled, Pepperdine ensures that it maintains a high diversion rate.
Proper Waste Disposal
The University properly disposes of motor oils, and other universal wastes to prevent any adverse environmental impact. The creation of a Freon "recycling" system, allows Pepperdine to recapture and reuse Freon, reducing consumption and improving air quality. Used batteries can be dropped off behind the loading dock of the Thornton Administrative Center, so that they can be properly disposed. Additional collection bins will be placed around campus at the HAWC, OneStop, Sandbar, Payson Library, and School of Law Library.