About CURC


Welcome to the College and University Recycling Coalition!

If you are looking to network and share best practices about recycling, composting, and sustainable materials management at colleges and universities, then you’ve come to the right place.  We are a  501(c)3 non-profit organization facilitating the exchange of technical knowledge and best practices for recycling and waste reduction programs among institutions of higher learning.

Mission Statement
To advance recycling and sustainable materials management at colleges and universities.

Who We Are
CURC represents a vibrant community of over 900 recycling and sustainability professionals in higher education led by a Board of Directors made up of recycling, zero waste and sustainability managers in North America.  Our organization’s roots date back to the 1990’s when we were originally formed as a technical council within the National Recycling Coalition.  In 2009, CURC branched out as an independent 501(c)3 organization.

CURC members play a vital role in exchanging knowledge among campus recycling and sustainability leaders and coordinators.   Membership is FREE so we encourage you to join and stay connected with CURC.  As a member, you have access to resources, toolkits, archives and networking assistance.

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What We Do
Support collegiate recycling programs through technical assistance, education, and training.  Each year, we organize and host a Webinar series on timely and innovative topics, hold one regional workshop and one national workshop.  We publish a bimonthly newsletter, develop best-practices manuals and toolkits and we help connect members through an active email listserv (RECYC-L) and through informal gatherings in conjunction with state and national conferences.

Partner with innovative programs such as the RecycleMania® Tournament, which uses a friendly competition format to engage students and staff on college campuses in recycling and waste reduction issues.