Recycling, Composting and Waste Minimization


Composting of food wastes and lab farm manure and animal bedding began at UWRF in the 1990s. Economics plays a large role in continuing these operations, as well as lessening of the environmental impact from wastes, and in the case of the lab farms, greater animal comfort.

UWRF has an active recycling program.

Recycled items include:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Tires
  • Oil and oil filters 
  • Used computer components
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Food grease is converted to biodiesel
  • Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • Yard clippings are brought to the University Farm for composting
  • Wood materials are brought to the City of River Falls for chipping


National Recyclemania Competition Participation: Previous Competition Results

Student "Don't Throw It, Donate It" Move-Out Day Recycling Efforts

Food Waste Composting at University Center

Composted Bedding and Manure Handling System at Lab Farm 2

Commercially Bottled Water Removal Initiative

Surplus Property Program