For the greater good
And a beautiful campus
What we do with our stuff is paramount in building a better future for all. Things don't just disappear when we're done using them, and the landfill is not a one-size-fits-all answer. Fortunately, we have choices and knowledge about what works. At FLC, we support sustainability with recycling, composting, and re-use programs to divert from landfills the stuff we're done using.
Every spring when students move out of the residence halls, students from the Environmental Center, with support from Student Housing staff and volunteers, collect usable clothes and household items. Items are saved over the summer and given away to students at the start of fall semester during the Move-In Free Store event. Excess items are all donated to local thrift stores.
The FLC Purchasing Department manages a surplus program that accepts furniture and office supply donations from departments across campus. These donations are made available to other staff and faculty members for their departmental needs as an alternative to buying new products.
The Environmental Center hosts a weekly campus free thrift store called the Free Store. Anyone on campus can participate by donating or picking up items. The Free Store keeps usable items out of the landfill by following the old saying: “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!”
It is a Fort Lewis College best practice to use Green Seal and EcoLogo certified paper and chemical janitorial products. In addition, no bleach is used on campus. Hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners are used as a greener bleach alternative.
Fort Lewis College diverts over ten thousand pounds of food waste each year from the dining hall, turning it into nutrient-rich garden soil. The Environmental Center oversees the campus composting program which utilizes an in-vessel “Rocket” composter. The program gives student workers the chance to learn and develop skills around food waste diversion and composting management. FLC also subscribes to a local composting service, Table to Farm Compost, to capture excess food waste from dining services and to allow us to expand our food waste composting efforts across campus.
Students now have the option to obtain a green reusable to-go container in the dining hall! Simply get a “Choose to Reuse” ticket from the register at the front door of San Juan Dining by putting down a $5 deposit. The $5 is a deposit that you can retrieve back at any time! Bring your container back (dirty is fine, we have a magnificent dish machine) and get another ticket to use at your next meal.
Just say no to plastic bottles and the waste they create. Fill your water bottle in one of the water bottle filling stations on campus or make use of the water fountains located in every building.
Fort Lewis College has recycling throughout campus and ties into the City of Durango recycling system. Paper/cardboard, aluminum/steel cans, and recyclable plastics are all accepted together the same “single-stream” bins. Glass is collected in separate bins, and large cardboard boxes should be placed alongside recycling collection stations outside buildings.
Items that are NOT recyclable include: Any items with excessive food or liquid residue, paper to-go food containers, plastic bags or plastic films of any kind, food wrappers, napkins and paper towels, Styrofoam, “compostable” plastics, and coffee cups (but the plastic lid and cardboard sleeve are recyclable). The City of Durango offers a comprehensive list of recyclable items. If you have questions about the FLC system, you can email Environmental Center staff.
Please utilize the following recycling signs and labels as needed in your office or building:
The Environmental Center currently accepts HP ink-jets, HP toner cartridges and batteries through its extended recycling program. FLC students, staff, and faculty can drop off items in the EC office, Student Union 145. This program cannot accept any items from home and can only accept HP brand ink jets and toner cartridges. Batteries and electronics from home can be recycled on Saturdays at the City of Durango Recycling Center. Additionally, many major office and electronic stores such as Office Depot accept ink jets and other electronics for recycling. Hazardous materials are managed through the FLC Environmental Health & Safety Office.