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Office of Energy & Sustainability

Recycling Programs


RecycleMania is an international recycling competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction activities. Every year over a ten-week period (usually between January and March), schools weigh their trash, recycling and even compost weekly to win a variety of different contests.

Click here for more information about the RecycleMania competition.

Recycling on Campus

Working with the NYC's Department of Sanitation we recycle:

  • phone books
  • newspapers
  • cardboard
  • paper bags
  • mixed paper (junk mail with or without window envelopes, wrapping paper, magazines, scrap paper)

Working with the NYC's Department of Sanitation we recycle:

  • plastic bottles and jugs without caps
  • yogurt containers
  • rigid plastic: plastic take out containers, cups and utensils
  • glass bottles and jugs without caps
  • cans
  • jar lids
  • foil
  • scrap aluminum
  • pots
  • wire hangers
  • curtain rods
  • aerosol cans
  • paint cans dried out without lid
  • bulk metal

Though Yeshiva is not composting campuswide, OES and Food Services has partnered with New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in the past on the wilf campus, composting over 300 pounds of waste a week. We are now working to partner with the NYC Department of Sanitation in their composting pilot project to collect even more. Also, be sure to check out where you can compost in NYC.

With the help of Staples, YU is now running a printer cartridge and toner recycling program campuswide. Drop-off collection boxes can be found at the following locations:


  • Mendel Gottesman Library, Room 405
  • Belfer Hall, 5th Floor, around the corner from Room 501
  • Furst Hall Student Accounts, Room 121


  • 215 Lexington,12th Floor, Career Services
  • All dorm downstairs waste collection areas

Yeshiva University's Environmental Health and Safety team works diligently with Veolia, a chemical waste vendor, to dispose of our batteries and fluorescent light bulbs. Lithium, lead acid, rechargeable and all other batteries can be recycled along with Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs. Contact Patricia Turner in Environmental Health and Safety or Facilities at your campus to learn how properly to dispose of used batteries and fluorescents.

For more information on recycling Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs in your local community call the Council on the Environment of NYC at 212.788.7989 or visit its Council on the Environment of NYC website.

Annual clothing drives are run at the end of the year to collect unwanted clothing, shoes and goods. At Einstein, we partner with Wearable Collections to recycle all used clothing. Bins are now located in 1925 and 1935 Eastchester Road as well as the Forchheimer Lobby (off to the side).

Other options can be found at CENYC's Clothing website.

Partnered with Staples and Penmate, Yeshiva recycles plastic pens that will be recycled through Terracycle into new Staples products. Not only that, but for every pen recycled, the Energy and Environmental Club will receive $0.02. Collection bins are located at all printer cartridge locations. If your office is interested in collecting them, please contact our Office.

All Electronic Waste is recyclable on campus. Manhattan campuses recycle through Curb Recycling while other campuses use private carters. Contact ITS's Help Desk at #6123 to learn how to dispose of all of your electronics waste.

Energy Programs

The Office of Energy & Sustainability is working hard to lower the University's Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Usage overall. With the help of the state and city incentives, we have worked and are working on many new and exciting projects. See below a list of different campuses and what has been going on each of them as well as energy projects being discussed.

  • Solar Initiative with solar uptown now campaign
  • Cogeneration or combined heat and power (CHP) is the use of a heat engine or power station to generate electricity and useful heat at the same time.
  • Device level electricity consumption data wirelessly in real time
  • Updated BMS or building management system.
  • Boiler and wireless thermostat control/monitoring system in Wilf Campus dorms

  • Lighting efficiency upgrades in multiple buildings as part of the Con Edison Targeted Peak Load Reduction Program.
  • Lighting and Controls Upgrades. Co-funded with a NYSERDA/ARRA grant.
  • Cardozo’s central HVAC equipment replaced with updated high efficiency units. NYSERDA incentives received.
  • Additional lighting efficiency planned for Cardozo

  • Lighting fixture upgrade project using Con Ed incentive

Lighting efficiency upgrades in the following buildings that received Con Ed Incentives.

  • Glueck Educational Center
  • Zysman Hall
  • Morgenstern Hall
  • Gottesman Library
  • Rubin Hall and the pool area

Fuel Switching—converting central heating plants in four buildings from #4 oil to cleaner burning natural gas.

Additional lighting efficiency planned for:

  • Muss Hall
  • Furst Hall
  • Belfer Hall

  • Central High School – Lighting efficiency upgrades done building wide
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