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Waste At CC

Colorado College is focused on minimizing the amount of waste we produce by working on various efforts, initiatives, and projects in partnership with many units across campus to reduce, reuse, and recycle. 


Colorado College recognizes not only the important of diverting our waste but reducing the amount of waste produced on our campus. CC partners with several local companies in Colorado Springs to collect our compost, recycle, landfill, and e-waste! Check out our current projects that are in progress or have been completed within the last year: 

  • Working with the Office of Communications, we created a clean and simplified guide for waste diversion on campus. The transition to new signage and bins on campus began in Fall 2019 in partnership with Facilities Services. This is an ongoing process with significant progress being made over the last year. 
    • 2019-2020: Tutt Library and Worner Campus Center 
    • 2020-2021: Armstrong Hall, Olin Hall, Barnes Science Center, Palmer Hall, and Tutt Science Center (Audit Only) 
  • There has been a large demand from students to place compost bins in residential spaces. In 2019-2020, the Office of Sustainability worked with Residential Experience to place over 100 compost bins in East Campus, the language houses, on-campus apartments, and small houses. In 2020-2019, this program was expanded with the launch of the Off-Campus Compost Pilot Program (OCCP), created by our Waste Programming & Outreach and Green Programs Interns. There were 30 individuals households that participated in the pilot.

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Official College Policy

Learn More: Official Policy Guidelines

We are working to standardize all of our waste bins on campus through our waste reduction program to match international standards - blue for recycle, green for compost, and black for landfill. The program we are deploying across campus through Sodexo and Facilities Services is in line with national waste diversion program standards. A black container is always paired with a blue container, and a green container is always placed in rooms where food catering occurs, in break rooms, and in bathrooms for composting of paper towel waste. We've seen significant results from this program and applaud your efforts in diverting waste from landfills.

Many people have had questions about what can and cannot be recycled or composted. Our waste hauler, Green For Life (GFL), has specific guidelines on this topic for the facilities available in our area. Click on the link above to learn more about our general guidelines to address some of the most common diversion questions.

Waste Stream By Color

In an effort to align our waste infrastructure with international standards, all waste bins and signage have a dedicated color and symbol.



Looking to recycle your e-waste? Learn where and how to by clicking on the image below.