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Recycling is collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown into the landfill and turning them into new products. Recycling benefits our community, the economy and the environment. Data shows that recy- cling conserves energy and natural resources. For example:
Yes, AUS works with numerous waste management companies including, Bee’ah, University City, Emirates Environ- mental Group (EEG), Wekaya, HP, and Xerox to recycle various products.
Currently you can recycle the following items at AUS
Copier paper and news print can be recycled from a number of places on campus:
cated between the Sports Complex and Faculty Housing Block G on the service road.
There are three locations to recycle cardboard on campus. Any boxes to be recycled should be flattened before be-
ing put into the skip (a.k.a. metal dumpster) or cage.
There are many different types of plastic and not all plastics are recyclable at AUS. Almost all plastics have a num- ber printed on them, usually on the bottom of the object. Like this image on the left below. The numbers are be- tween 1 and 7 and signify what type of plastic. On campus we can recycle #1 and #2 plastics.
Soda bottles, water bottles, salad dress- ing bottles and medicine bottles
Milk jugs, juice containers, shampoo and conditioner bottles, soap bottles, deter- gent containers and bleach containers
*Bee’ah requests that user rinse out plastic containers, especially one with cleaning products for the safety of the employees who handle the waste.
These plastics can be recycled in the indoor and outdoor tri-bins across campus and in the tri-bin cage by the sports complex. Additionally, these can also be recycled in the faculty housing single-stream recycling skips.
Larger hard plastic items such as laundry baskets and toys can be disposed of in the large cage just past the Epicen- ter next the Charity Bin. (Note: Please disregard the signage, OCC Cardboard & paper Collection as Bee’ah has as- signed this bin for hard plastics)
Aluminum cans and tins cans can be recycled on campus. These metals can be recycled in the indoor and outdoor tri-bins across campus and in the tri-bin cage by the sports complex. Additionally, these can be recycled in the facul- ty housing single-stream recycling skips.
All colors of glass is recyclable on campus. Glass needs to be taken to the EEG bin on the road between the sports
complex . The bin is located behind the large Bee’ah tri-bin cage.
It is now possible to recycle coffee pods on campus. Currently this can be done at the Epicenter and the AUS Sus- tainability Office (Main Building M240).
Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, A, C and D) can be recycled on campus. Currently this can be done at the Epicenter the library and in the student center near the reverse vending machine on the first floor.
Books can be recycled in the Bee’ah tri-bin cage by the sports complex. For academic book disposal, if there are large quantities of books to be recycled a special pick up from Bee’ah can be scheduled. Please contact AUS Sus- tainability at [email protected] to assist in arranging a pick up.
Spent printer cartridges can be recycled in HP cardboard boxes in each academic building. If you cannot locate an
HP cardboard box please reach out to AUS Sustainability at [email protected]
Used Clothing and Shoes
Bee’ah has provided four charity bins around campus (behind the student center, near the Sharjah Co-op mini mart by the girls resident halls, near the epicenter and near the leisure center). You can donate used clothes, shoes, blankets, bags, and other items. These bins tend to fill up quickly. If you see one overflowing or with donations placed next to it, please contact AUS Sustainability at [email protected] and we will request a pick up.
Often people think of e-waste just as computer equipment, but e-waste is considered as anything that has a plug, requires batteries or has an USB cable. If you have an electronic item that has broken, such as a microwave, kettle, computer mouse, hair dryer or fan it should not be placed in the general waste as it has components that should not be disposed of in the landfill and it recyclable. You can call Bee’ah and arrange a bulk pick up. The number is 800 826 3333. You can also request Bee’ah to pick up through their web form. Most often you can place the item outside your house at an appointed time and Bee’ah will col- lect it. You do not have to be present for collection.
For AUS property e-waste, there is a separate process for disposal. The IT department has a disposal process that should be followed for all University owned IT property. You can start this conversation with IT by sending an email to [email protected] For AUS e-waste property not managed by IT, you should submit a request to [email protected] for the product to be collected and disposed of properly.
Expired Medications (not technically recyclable)
Medicine can be dispose of safely on campus. It can be taken to the Health Center for disposal.
There are different recycling locations for different items on campus. The table below lists many of the options.
If you have moved into your AUS faculty/staff residence recently, you were provided with two kitchen waste bin. One was intended for general waste and the other blue bin is for recycled materials. Recycling in the faculty hous- ing is a single stream system, meaning all recycled materials can be disposed of together. Cardboard, metal, and #1 and #2 plastics can be recycled at faculty housing bins. Recycled materials should be cleaned (absent of any food debris or remnants of cleaning products).
Each housing block or cluster of housing blocks have a blue single stream recycling skip – see im- age (versus the silver skip which is for general waste). The waste for faculty housing is collected by University City waste management collectors during the week. These skips are designated for recy- cled materials. You are asked to put your recycling in plastic bags. This recycled waste is collected sometimes separately and sometimes with the other general waste.
They ask that you bag it, so in times that it is collected with the other general waste, it remains separate, as this will reduce contamination. The landfill has laborers known as “pickers” who go through the waste and separate it out, as well as machines that separate the waste.
The landfills in Sharjah have large magnets that all of the waste passes under and therefore Sharjah estimates that 97% of all metal waste is diverted from the landfill.
The one challenging component of a single stream system as the current one is designed, is that paper and card- board waste is quite often contaminated, which will reduce the amount of these types of materials that end up being recycled. It is possible to dispose of your boxes and other cardboard in the faculty housing single stream recycling skips, but it is recommended, that if you have cardboard boxes or substantial quantities of paper that you take them to the Bee’ah tri bin cage on the service road between the sports complex and housing block G. This will increase the likelihood that these items are truly diverted from the landfill.
For larger items you can call Bee’ah and arrange a bulk pick up. The number is 800 826 3333. Bee’ah has a zero furniture and household appliances waste policy for their landfill, so they request that it not be placed in the housing or campus waste skips. They will coordinate with you to pick up most of your bulk items. You can also request a pick up from Bee’ah via web form.
For the Recycling FAQ PDF, please click here.