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Benefits of Recycling at NIU

NIU Campus Recycling is dedicated to creating a sustainable campus environment. 

Recycling and resource use are critical components of Northern Illinois University's campus sustainability efforts.  At NIU, we are dedicated to to improving our current recycling systems and minimizing resource use to better meet our campus sustainability initiatives.  In a world of finite resources, the ways in which we use resources to support University operations and campus life, and the way we manage our waste products play a key role in defining the University's environmental footprint. 
By implementing recycling options for all materials and improving university management of materials, we will reduce our consumption, minimize our contribution to the landfill, and reduce our carbon footprint.

Increased recycling and more sustainable purchasing practices will not only help encourage environmental awareness among NIU’s community of faculty, staff, and students, but it will also yield long-term financial savings.  To raise awareness of resource use and recycling on the NIU campus, the NIU 3R program is implementing strategies to enhance campus-wide recycling systems, update long-term waste disposal, and promote responsible resource use through green purchasing, conservation, and smart technology.

Benefits of Recycling

  • Recycling protects and expands US manufacturing jobs and increases US competitiveness.
  • Recycling reduces the need for landfilling and incineration.
  • Recycling prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.
  • Recycling saves energy.
  • Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
  • Recycling reduces our dependence on foreign nations for resources. 
  • Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations.
Benefits taken from US EPA Website