Recycle Exchange Program

Starting in the Spring of 2016, the Center for a Sustainable Society began a project dealing with recycling throughout campus. The project allows for students to recycle plastics in order to promote the act of recycling, and in return students receive a reusable item. The exchange began with tabling in the University Center and meeting with students in the CSS office. In the fall of 2016, the CSS partnered with the Pacific Information Center to create a centralized location for students, staff, and faculty to bring back their accepted recyclables. The project currently gives reusable items to people turning in a designated number of materials.

Recyclables and Prizes

50 single use plastic bags = 1 reusable Pacific University bag
20 plastic water bottles = 1 reusable Pacific University water bottle
20 plastic Starbucks cold cups = 1 reusable Pacific University tumbler
20 Starbucks hot cup lids = 1 reusable Pacific University travel mug
20 plastic clam shells = 1 Pacific University Container
20 sushi containers from the Provisions on Demand (POD) market = 1 Pacific University Lunch Box

If all of the above items are turned in by a student, they will receive both a Pacific University t-shirt and a Pacific University decal.

For all of these items to be accepted in the recycle exchange they must be brought in without food or liquid on them.

Where to Next?

Once the recyclable items are turned in the the CSS or the PIC, they are then taken to Farwest Fibers in Hillsboro. There are students outside of the Center for a Sustainable Society working on reusing the materials and converting them into artwork as well. The CSS hopes to expand this program to include styrofoam by the end of 2017.The overall goal for this project is to promote individuals to rely on reusable items rather than single use items, and to get people into the habit of recycling. By presenting individuals with their own reusable items, the goal is to give them that big first leap towards becoming more sustainable.

Hours of Availability

The Pacific Information Center will be open between the following hours. If these time frames fail to work, individual meeting times can be arranged by contacting the director, Ramona Ilea, or any of the members on the student team.

Mondays: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fridays: 10 p.m.to 2 p.m.

Closed on the weekends and holidays.