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Green Tip

Unplugging your devices, lowering your heat, and smartly disposing of waste are a few ways to leave for break on sustainable note!



Green Campus Tour

Guided maps of sustainability initiatives at Temple University

Climate Action Plan

Temple became a signatory of the Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008 and again in 2016.

Annual Report

Find out about Temple’s progress toward a more sustainable future by reviewing our Annual Report


Batteries Battery Recycling

Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, the Office of Sustainability and the Computer Recycling Center serve as collection points for recycling rechargeable batteries on campus. Click to learn more about battery recycling.

Chemicals in beakers Chemical Recycling

Environmental Health and Radiation Safety minimizes waste through the following items: 1) Chemical Redistribution (the taking of unused and unexpired chemicals and allocating them to other labs); 2) Mercury Exchange (changing out mercury-containing equipment for mercury-free alternatives); 3) Chemical Recycling (certain chemicals can be recycled and reused, saving on the cost of purchasing new chemicals or the disposal of old ones).

Construction Construction Waste Recycling

Temple recycles waste material from new construction activities. Over 90% of construction debris is typically diverted from the landfill.

Recycling bin Core Material Recycling

Temple recycles mixed paper, cardboard, plastics #1-7, aluminum beverage containers and glass beverage containers. Offices are provided with desk side mixed paper recycling containers. Large hallways and common spaces are equipped with comingled beverage containers and mixed paper containers. Apartments and suites in the residence halls are equipped with individual recycling containers for paper and comingled beverage containers. Comprehensive list: what can be recycled at Temple.

Computer Recycling Center Electronic Recycling

The Computer Recycling Center, an EPA Award Winner, is an assembly line operation in which surplus electronic equipment is evaluated and either refurbished or properly recycled. Refurbished equipment is made available for purchase to current staff, faculty and students via a webstore at https://computerservices.temple.edu/lab/computer-recycling-center.

Office furniture Furniture Surplus

University departments give their surplus to Campus Operations. This surplus furniture is made available to other departments on campus as an alternative to purchasing new furniture. The general public may bid on the university's surplus inventory. For more information, visit Temple Surplus Property.

Give + Go Green

Give + Go Green is an annual event where students donate food, clothing, and office supply items that they do not wish to take with them when they move out of the residence halls in May. Each year, we place collection boxes in the lobbies of our residence halls so students can easily donate items they would otherwise throw out. We then sell these items during Temple Thrift to raise money for the Cherry Pantry. More information about Give + Go Green can be found here.

Temple University Graduation Green Graduation

Since January 2010, Temple’s graduation gowns have been made from 100% recycled plastic.

Wood Brush Leaves / Tree Limbs / Brush

Temple captures leaves, tree limbs and brush and utilizes it to create mulch.

exterior recycling container Outdoor Recycling

The University has outdoor recycling containers that collect comingled materials. Click for comprehensive list of recyclables.

Wood pallet Pallet Recycling

Temple Facilities with a private individual who collects the empty pallets on campus for reuse.

Plastic bag Plastic Bag Recycling

Temple has plastic bag recycling collection centers located around campus. Click to find locations.

printer cartridges Printer Cartridge Recycling

Temple departments recycle their printer cartridges by shipping them back to the company for free using UPS. Also, Fox School of Business operates a collection for printer cartridges on campus. The collection is located in the Paley library and in Alter Hall.  The Computer Recycling Center collects toner and ink cartridges for recycling.

scrap metal Scrap Metal Recycling

In 2010, the university launched a new recycling initiative aimed at recovering and recycling scrap metal.

Temple University Center City Temple University Center City (TUCC)

Beginning in spring 2013, TUCC unveiled single stream recycling through which members of the Temple community can recycle glass, aluminum, paper, cardboard and plastics #1-7 all in the same container.

mixed plastics Tyler Glass Recycling

Tyler, the Office of Facilities Management and New Age Blast Media partnered to collect recycled glass from the Tyler glass blowing studio as a raw material for reuse.

French fries in oil Waste Oil Recycling

Sodexo has partnered with Waste Oil Recyclers to take Temple's waste oil and process it for resale as fuel.