Toolkits & Guides


Campus Resources

EPA Organics Recovery Toolkit

The EPA recognized the need to develop an organics recovery toolkit for colleges and universities as schools attempt to organize new or expand existing organics recovery programs.  This toolkit provides technical guidance in the policies, technical and economic feasibility, and implementation issues relevant to developing a sustainable materials management protocol for organics.

Zero Waste Campus Toolkit

Created by the University of Oregon Zero Waste Program in partnership with CURC, this toolkit contains resources regarding the concept of Zero Waste, Zero Waste management practices and a campus pledge and model policy.  This toolkit is also available in a print-friendly version.

Recycling and Beyond: A College Campus Primer 

This online manual provides an overview of strategies for implementation and program development of a college campus recycling programs. The guidebook was created by Christine von Kolnitz, Medical University of South Carolina, and Karyn Kaplan, University of Oregon in 2001 and revised in 2010.

Toolkit for Soft Drink Contracts

Created by Jack DeBell, University of Colorado, Boulder in 2000, this toolkit is designed to help maximize the level of recycling associated with soft drink vending while promoting vendors’ assistance in recycling and waste reduction. The toolkit includes sample bid language, options to address recycling and waste reduction concerns, a cost analysis of converting vending machines from aluminum cans to plastic bottles, and case studies from nine schools around the country.

College Game Day Recycling

Virginia Tech “Greening Your Game Day” Recycling Guide

This best practices guide is a resource for colleges and universities to implement or improve collegiate game day recycling and sustainability efforts. The guide was produced by a student research team coordinated by the Virginia Tech Office of Energy & Sustainability. It provides an overview of strategies for the implementation and development of a collegiate game day operation. It includes case studies of participants’ programs and a list of best practices for all areas of game day operations to implement or improve a sustainable materials management program. The guide is published in cooperation with the US EPA’s Game Day Challenge, CURC, Keep America Beautiful and Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

GameDay Recycling Challenge

The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at college football games.  It is run by a partnership between the US EPA, CURC, and RecycleMania, Inc.  Find out about past winners and participants.

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