Kenyon has created a dining hall composting system that diverts 6,000 pounds of waste from the landfill per week, reducing our solid waste by over 600 tons a year! Compostable items need to be turned into the Peirce dish return, where AVI employees sort the materials and send them to the composting center. In addition to food waste, hot disposable cups can also be composting and should be returned to the dining hall after use. The Kenyon Compost Center receives all waste from Peirce and turns it into compost for use around campus and on local farms.
Recycling bins are found in all residence halls and most other buildings on campus. Students will notice that there are a variety of types of bins. In many areas there are rectangular beige receptacles, which are separated by paper and any other recyclable material. In other locations, like Peirce Hall, Gund Commons, Olin Library, there are large box-like recycling bins in found ascending heights; these bins are marked as cans, glass, paper, and plastic. Follow the instructions on the bin. The Kenyon College Recycling Center is located near the athletic fields, behind the Athletic Center. All of the materials recycled on campus are processed at this location.
A brief list of recyclable materials. Please rinse out containers and remove caps and lids before recycling. For specific questions, contact ECO (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cardboard (free of wax, foil, and cellophane)
*Kenyon accepts plastics #1-5. This includes soft drink bottles, milk jugs, laundry detergent, shampoo bottles, and yogurt containers. Check the number within the recycling symbol to determine if it is an appropriate plastic.
There are some items that cannot be recycled at this time on campus:
Plastic Solo cups (#6 plastic)