UVU is committed to both the reduction and efficient management of waste. Our commitment is exemplified through our Waste Reduction Committee, collection of recyclable materials, installation of water bottle filling stations, and promotion of reusing goods through UVU Surplus.

The UVU Waste Reduction Committee is dedicated to promoting waste reduction and educating the campus community about waste reduction. .


The recycling team at UVU consists of custodial employees who collect recyclable materials that have been sorted into bins. The materials are then brought to the appropriate dumpsters for collection by our recycling providers. For more information on recycling at UVU, visit the recycling website.

GOING GREEN: Materials we recycle at UVU


  • White & Colored Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Softcover books


  • Corrugated Boxes
  • Paperboard Boxes


  • Aluminum Cans
  • Steel Cans
  • Tin Cans
  • Aluminum Food Service Containers


  • Plastic Bottles
  • Plastic Tubs
  • Plastic Jugs
  • Plastic Jars

All items must be empty and free of food & beverage residue. All boxes must be broken down (collapsed flat). No pizza boxes.


Since its inception, UVU has made the most out of very little. As the university adjusts to market needs, sometimes old equipment is no longer needed by the university. Instead of simply trashing this otherwise useful equipment, UVU takes these items to the surplus warehouse where the items become available for reuse on campus. Additionally, once a month UVU offers the goods to the public at discounted prices. Everything from office chairs to aircraft goes to UVU surplus.

This practice both reduces UVU’s impact on local landfills and reduces the life-cycle impacts of goods by extending their lifespan by keeping them in use rather than sending them to landfill. Please visit the UVU Surplus site to learn more.