Operations and Initiatives




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


Confidential Shredding

How often are there confidential shredding opportunities on campus?

  • Confidential shredding is offered twice per year with one pickup occurring in September/October and the other pickup occurring in April/May. Dates will be posted in Falcon Daily a few weeks prior to each opportunity.

What is considered confidential material?

  • Any document that has personal information such as birth date, social security numbers, employee ID numbers, bank account information, course exams, etc.
  • Material to be shredded must have met the legal retention period. If you do not know if your material has met the legal retention period, please contact University Archives at or 715-425-3567. 

Who can get materials shredded?

  • Any campus department can submit materials to be shredded.
  • Please note, campus employees are not permitted to bring items in from home to be shredded.

How do I get my materials to be shredded included in the next shredding opportunity?

  • Find a reasonable sized box. The largest size box that will be picked up is equivalent to a copy paper box. Once you have a reasonably sized box, please pack up all confidential material and tape it shut. 
  • Label the box "shred" so it can be clearly identified.

Submit a work order through TMA iServiceDesk listing the location of the boxes and the number of boxes to be picked up. 

Who pays for the confidential shredding?

  • The UWRF Surplus Property Program covers the expense of the confidential shredding.