Johnson County Community College

Campus Recycling

Innovations during 2010 included a textbook rental trial and expanding e-book program in the bookstore, recycling and sustainability efforts, and collaboration with the Billington Library to provide textbooks on reserve. Refer to our recycling/waste diversion data to review the outcomes. 

Single Stream Recycling On Campus - All paper, plastics #1-7, cardboard (flattened) and cans (aluminum and tin) may now all be placed in the same blue bins on campus.

Single Stream recycling poster

Recycling Revenue Benefits Student Scholarships

By recycling paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and aluminum cans at JCCC, you not only help the college meet its climate commitment – you help support students. The proceeds from recycling go to the Foundation to support student scholarships. Since 1994 over $140,000 has been raised to support scholarships from all of the college’s recycling efforts.

See What, How and Where You Can Recycle on Campus

What - Food grade glass bottles and jars any color. 
How - Glass must be sorted into its own container both for safety reasons and because it goes to a material specific vendor.
Where -  The 10 Specialty Recycling Centers on campus located in front of the JCCC Bookstore in the Student Center, the Nerman Atrium in the Regnier Center, CC 2, CLB 2, COM 3, GEB2, SCI, HCA, ITC and the library entrance. A purple collection bin is also located in the dining hall of COM. Drive up Ripple Glass recycling bin on the NW corner of campus near the Warehouse is for public use. 
Why - Glass that you recycle is used to manufacture beer bottles for Boulevard Brewery and fiberglass insulation right here in the metro area.

What - Any books including textbooks and books from home
Where - In front of the bookstore in the designated green book bin. If you have a large quantity of books in your office, please contact Recycle@jccc.edu for boxes or an Easy Office Cleanout bin.
Why - Books are resold or recycled depending on their value through a third party vendor with all proceeds going into the scholarship fund.

What - Clean and dry plastic shopping bags labeled #2 & #4, shipping bags, bubble wrap, packing pillows, shrink wrap or pallet wrap. These same items from your home can be recycled at the grocery or big box stores which usually have a collection area just inside the front doors.
How - Plastic bags must be sorted into their own container because they go to a material specific vendor. When they are put into single stream containers, they often blow out during transport, or get caught in the mechanical sorting equipment, so they cannot go into the single stream bins with other items.
Where - The 10 Specialty Recycling Centers on campus located in front of the JCCC Bookstore in the Student Center, the Nerman Atrium in the Regnier Center, CC 2, CLB 2, COM 3, GEB2, SCI, HCA, ITC and the library entrance.
Why - Plastic bags are 100% recyclable into new plastic films for making new bags, and are often used to make plastic lumber and tubes for nanotechnologies. Sheet plastics can be used to make new sheet plastics, plastic pallets and crates, and can reduce our overall oil consumption.

Styrofoam - We currently are not recycling any Styrofoam other than packing peanuts. Please bag them and contact Recycle@jccc.edu for a pickup.

Cables, Cords, CDs and more (any device which requires power and its accessories
What - Electric cables and cords, CDs and DVDs, VHS tapes, cell phones, inkjet cartridges, tools, rechargeable batteries, keyboard/mouse, power strips, etc.
How - Small items can be put into on campus bins for E-waste, large items contact Recycle@jccc.edu
Where - Recycle at RC 270 in the electronics recycling cabinet and Specialty Recycling Stations located in front of the SC Bookstore, RC Nerman Atrium, CC2, CLB2, COM3, GEB2, SCI, HCA, ITC, LIB Main Entrance. Dock areas at CC, SC, LIB and in the Warehouse.
Why - Electronics can contain heavy metals such as lead, nickel, cadmium and mercury which can be hazardous to human health and environment if mismanaged. They also contain valuable resources which can be recycled such as copper and plastics. JCCC uses an R2 third party verified recycler to recycle and dispose of campus E-Waste responsibly. The rebate that JCCC receives for portions of our E-Waste goes towards student scholarships.

Batteries
What - Rechargeable batteries from electronic devices such as cell phones, drills, backup and UPS batteries, vehicles etc. Alkaline batteries that are campus generated.
How - Small items can be placed in the ten Specialty Recycling Stations on campus. Larger items, please email Recycle@jccc.edu
Where -
College generated e-waste can be recycled in RC 270 in the e-waste cabinet, and in the Specialty Recycling Stations located outside Specialty Recycling Stations located in front of the SC Bookstore, RC Nerman Atrium, CC2, CLB2, COM3, GEB2, SCI, HCA, ITC, LIB Main Entrance. Dock locations CC, CSB, LIB and at the Warehouse.
Why - Rechargeable batteries can contain heavy metals such as lead, nickel, cadmium and mercury which can be hazardous to human health and environment if mismanaged. They also contain valuable resources which can be recycled such as gold, copper and plastics. JCCC uses an EPA third party verified recycler to recycle and dispose of campus batteries JCCC receives a significant rebate for rechargeable batteries, however we do pay a fee to recycle alkaline batteries.

JCCC Computers, Monitors, Printers and Ink/Toner Cartridges
What - Computers, Monitors and Printers
How - Please contact the help desk at 913-469-8500, ext. 4357 or helpdesk@jccc.edu.

What - Ink Jet Cartridges

Where - Used cartridges can go in Recycling Station E-waste bins located Specialty Recycling Stations located in front of the SC Bookstore, RC Nerman Atrium, CC2, CLB2, COM3, GEB2, SCI, HCA, ITC, LIB Main Entrance. Unused cartridges should be brought to the ROSE store GEB 212.

What - Toner Cartridges

How - Put back into original box cartridge came in and mark box with RECYCLE. Where - Contact warehouse@jccc.edu for pickup or placed in Specialty Recycling Stations located in front of the SC Bookstore, RC Nerman Atrium, CC2, CLB2, COM3, GEB2, SCI, HCA, ITC, LIB Main Entrance. Unused toner should be brought to the ROSE store GEB 212.
Why - The rebate that JCCC receives for toner and ink cartridges goes towards student scholarships. New cartridges get a chance to be used by another department first when put into the ROSE Store GEB 212. Computers, monitors and printers can contain heavy metals which can be hazardous to human health and environment if mismanaged. They also contain valuable resources which can be recycled such as copper and plastics. JCCC uses an R2 third party verified recycler to recycle and dispose of campus E-Waste responsibly, and working items are auctioned off on Govdeals.com as surplus.

What - Fluorescent light bulbs, solvents, recovered silver, tires, used motor oil, used vegetables oils, mercury
How - JCCC generated hazardous materials contact gcook5@jccc.edu
Why - Fluorescent light bulbs contain elemental mercury which becomes airborne when bulbs are broken. Solvents, oil and other toxic liquids can leach into the groundwater through the soil or a leak in the landfill liner. The college can face fines if hazardous waste is not disposed of properly.

What - Steel, stainless, aluminum, copper, brass, lead; in the form of sheeting, pipes, extrusions, conduit, wire (with sheathing is fine), containers, furniture etc.
How - Metal with some (20%) other contaminating material such as wood or plastic attached is fine. Otherwise it needs to be disassembled from the contaminating material. Contact Recycle@jccc.edu for disassembly.
Where - Smaller metal pieces can be recycled in bins located on the docks of CC, CSB, LIB, and the warehouse. Large metal items should be placed in the recycling container labeled MIXED SCRAP METAL located in the south compound. If any of these items needs to be moved or disassembled, please contact Recycle@jccc.edu.
Why - Steel producers in the United States use more than 70% recycled steel which reducing mining wastes by 97%. JCCC gets a rebate on all the metal it collects, which provides a significant amount for student scholarships. Metal is also heavy, so keeping it out of the trash helps save the college landfill fees which are based on weight.

What - Wooden pallets, crates all sizes and all conditions.
How - You can move pallets yourself or email Recycle@jccc to have an intern move pallets for you. Crates can be moved by the Warehouse for storage, grounds for wood waste, or smaller crates by Sustainability Interns at Recycle@jccc.edu.
Where - JCCC pallets should be placed along the inside of the fence on the south campus lot. Crates can often be repurposed through the sculpture or theater department, donated to other museums or as a last resort, put into wood waste. For help with repurposing contact Recycle@jccc.edu.
Why - JCCC produces up to 100 pallets a month, and receives a rebate from the pallet company. Broken or damaged pallets are used to fix others, and those that can’t be used are burned for heat at the pallet facility and ground into mulch. Crates are often made of new high grade lumber which can be reused on campus.

What - Any shredded paper
How - Place the shredded paper in a bag (paper or plastic) and tie it or tape it shut.
Where - Any blue single stream recycling bin on campus
Why - Bagging shredded paper keeps it from getting lost among other items. The rebate that JCCC receives for single stream recycling goes towards student scholarships. Over 80% of U.S. paper mills rely on recycled paper for material content, and it takes 40% less energy to convert recycled materials than virgin ones.

What - Foam packing peanuts. We are currently unable to recycle #6 block Styrofoam until the oil markets recover, please landfill it.
How - Bag or box your packing peanuts for transport
Where - Please contact Recycle@jccc.edu to schedule a Sustainability Intern pick up.
Why - Your Styrofoam packing peanuts will be taken to a shipping store to be reused. Styrofoam is 100% recyclable and becomes new Styrofoam, however it must be very clean because it floats, so it’s very difficult to wash it mechanically. That is why food related Styrofoam cannot be accepted for recycling in this region.

What - Lumber, plywood, particle board (no plastic laminates), sheetrock, soiled paper and cardboard, sawdust, leaves, brush, grass, landscape debris and mulch (no plastic bags). Screws and nails are okay, but all other metal must be removed to avoid damaging the grinder.
How - You can request a wood waste bin for collecting items, move items yourself or request an intern pickup at Recycle@jccc.edu. If item needs metal or plastic removed, set next to wood waste bin and email Recycle@jccc.edu so that student interns can disassemble.
Where - The wood waste dumpster is located on the south yard of the campus.
Why - These items will be ground for mulched or composted. Items in the bin are often repurposed through the sculpture department or the agriculture program. Because these items are heavy, they are also expensive to landfill.

Other Items

Recycling stations on campus.

Moving Boxes (Fry Wagner)  - Make service request for delivery or pickup of empty boxes.
Office Supplies - Deliver to GEB 212, our ROSE Store for reuse
Clothing and Small Household Items - Deliver to DAV Thrift bin on the north west corner of campus near warehouse.
Banners(vinyl or fabric) - email Recycle@jccc.edu. Banners are repurposed into bags sewn from the various materials.
Fabric - email Recycle@jccc.edu

Request Recycling Containers

Refer JCCC Recycling Guidelines .PDF to see all things recyclable on our campus.