Operations and Initiatives

Waste Minimizaton and Diversion


In 2016, 43.9% of materials were diverted from landfills through recycling, composting, donating or reselling efforts.  This is accomplished through the Surplus Property Program, the end of the year Don’t Throw It, Donate It move out program, repurposing items to campus, and donations to no profit organizations. 

UWRF utilizes a Hazardous Waste Program that lists specific protocols for disposal of waste depending on the university department.  UWRF complies with the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification of Chemicals and has completed a 100% inventory of on campus chemicals.  Recycled and refurbished electronics are sold through the monthly Surplus Sale. 

Surplus Property Program

The Surplus Property Program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is designed to remove items from campus buildings that are no longer used or needed in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner. The goals of the Surplus Property Program are to promote item reuse and to divert items from going into a landfill. 

Surplus Property Process:

  1. Items in good condition that are collected are often issued back to a different campus department in an effort to reduce campus expenses of having to buy something new. For more information on how to send an item to surplus or how to get an item from surplus for an on campus department, please visit the Departmental Process page. 
  2. Items that are not issued back to campus are then sold through online auctions or a surplus sale held on campus. For more information on current or upcoming sales and auctions, please visit the Sales and Auctions page.
  3. Items that are not sold are donated to non-profit organizations.

Recycling & Waste Minimization Reports 


UWRF 2017 Recycling and Waste Minimization Report with Graphics