Center for Sustainability
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, Crown Disposal, 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. Crown Disposal 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 Crown Disposal 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% 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. Of the Malibu campus that is actively managed by FMP, 20% is managed completely "organically" or without fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals.
Food Waste Composting and Recycling
Pepperdine's trash vendor, Crown Disposal, composts materials from the refuse produced in the cafeteria. The extensive sort process pulls out recyclables and other refuse leaving only the food waste. Recyclable items are then recycled, and the resulting food waste is sent to Crown Disposal's composting site. Compost produced by Crown Disposal is also used in landscaping around campus in place of fertilizer.
Reduction in Dining Waste
Pepperdine utilizes a point system for students to buy their meals throughout the year, instead of an open buffet style, significantly reducing the amount of food waste. Dining services provides non-disposable plates and cutlery thereby minimizing the use of disposable items. Users of our dining facilities are encouraged not to take disposable containers and cutlery unless they are taking their meals off-site.
Reusable aluminum water bottles are offered at a discounted price to encourage students not to use disposable cups. Styrofoam is prohibited throughout campus and has been replaced by biodegradable to-go containers and ecotainers.
Reduction in Office Waste
Where applicable departments have their printers set to double sided printing. Offices are also encouraged to use rechargeable batteries for their electronics. Office furniture no longer in use is sent to a warehouse where it can be refurbished and reused by other faculty and staff.
Pepperdine separately recycles toner cartridges through the Tech Central department located on the second floor of the Payson library. High tech equipment such as computer monitors, printers, and cell phones are recycled through BMI.
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 HAWK, Towers, Lovernich apartments, Payson library, School of Law, and Drescher.
Use of Recycled Materials
Over 99% of campus irrigation uses reclaimed water, which would otherwise require "new" or potable water. Pepperdine stores the reclaimed water in two lakes on campus. The sludge at the bottom of the lakes is cleaned out and put into large sacks that drain the water leaving a natural fertilizer that can be used on campus.
Several projects, including the Thornton Administrative Center first floor renovation, have utilized Interface Flor carpet tiles. This is a new direction for the University as this is a product that has no net negative impact on the environment from their manufacture, sale, installation, or disposal. The carpet tiles are climate neutral, which means they zero out all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the entire lifecycle of the carpet.
Some offices utilize the recycled paper made available by Office Depot that contains 30% post consumer recycled content and is Green Seal Certified.
Pepperdine uses 40% recycled janitorial products for the restrooms and break rooms around campus.
Multiple recycled or recyclable products are available in the bookstore, including:
- Blue books made from 100% recycled paper
- 100% recyclable pencils made of natural wood with unpainted surfaces
- Ink pens, highlighters, and mechanical pencils made from recycled material
- Recycled index cards, memo books, post-it notes, composition books, 1, 3 and 5 subject notebooks, filler paper for binders, copy paper, and pocket folders
- Biodegradable binder pockets, document envelopes, pencil cases, and expandable file holders
- Reusable shopping bags
- Men's and women's recycled tee shirts made in the USA from 50% recycled plastic bottles and 50% organic cotton
- Diploma frames made with eco-friendly, certified wood from well managed forests