The S.E.E.D. Initiative

New Recycling Station in Rocket Hall!

Check it out! UT has installed a brand new recycling station in Rocket Hall! There are several more stations in other buildings on Main Campus and Health Science Campus. SEED is currently working on a grant to fund 65 more stations across all three campuses.

The overall purpose of the station is to bring recycling to the forefront to one, increase recycling, and two, to educate the UT community about the importance of recycling. Recycling stations will allow students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the University, to conveniently deposit their waste in the correct bin for proper disposal. It is well known that unless a recycling container is located by every trash container, it is unlikely people will walk the extra distance to recycle. Each recycling station will therefore have three different containers collecting different waste streams: plastics and aluminum, paper, and trash. But these stations are more than just receptacles for these materials; they provide a focal point in each building, showcasing the importance of recycling. An integral part of each station is the informational and educational bulletin board hung above each cabinet. This board will hold professionally designed signage that informs the UT community about the station. It provides area for educational material on recycling, as well as an area for updates on upcoming recycling events ranging from Community E-Waste events, to RecycleMania, to Office Clutter Clean Out Days. Just to remind everyone of what we recycle:

In the “Containers” bin:

PLASTICS: plastic bottles, plastic jugs, surgical plastics, detergent containers, hard plastic, and films (clear only)

METALS: aluminum cans, steel cans, and tin cans

In the “Paper” Container:

White or colored office paper, envelopes, other office type papers, and magazines


Thank you for supporting Rocket Recycling Services and the SEED Initiative! Ideas on where these stations should be located or where a recycling bin is needed? Email with your suggestions!

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is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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The University of Toledo’s SEED Initiative, housed within but not limited to Facilities & Construction, focuses on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Design to ensure the University is operating in a manner that betters our neighbors, economy, and planet. Through environmental sustainability projects, energy conservation measures, innovative building renovation and design, and a comprehensive educational campaign, SEED commits itself to leaving behind a better planet than when we started.

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