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Pepperdine's Campus Wide Recycling Program


More information regarding Pepperdine's new waste and recycling program coming soon!

In mid-August 2016, Pepperdine University will transition to a new waste and recycling system on the Malibu campus. The Pepperdine community will now participate directly in the separation of waste and recyclables and will transition waste services over to our new hauler, Waste Management. While the University continues to finalize this revised recycling program, we anticipate two bin systems for waste and recycling throughout campus with composting in dining areas implemented in later phases. This transition will be an iterative, pilot process, and the first few months will set the framework for subsequent phases as we closely evaluate waste streams and ensure the appropriate breakdown of waste and recycling receptacles and bins in all areas. The Center for Sustainability and Department of Facilities Services will serve as resources to educate the community on this new program. More information will follow as we get closer to the implementation in August, including what you can expect in your area, and the latest updates will be available on Community. We encourage all faculty, staff, and students to contact us with any questions or comments and we greatly appreciate your support during this transition.

Please email Emily Mead, Coordinator for the Center for Sustainability, at with any questions or comments. 

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.

Construction Recycling

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.

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