American University is committed to strive for zero waste sent to landfill and incineration.
Throw away doesn't mean go away, so we're on our way to Zero Waste.
Personal Electronic Waste Drive
Annual Personal E-Waste Drive will be October 14, 2015 Main Campus: MGC Tavern and 9AM-2PM Off Campus Facilities: 12PM-2PM
4401 Connecticut (Room 400)
4620 Wisconsin Ave (2nd Floor)
4801 Massachusetts Ave (WCL Lobby)
All electronics are reused or recycled. Data will be wiped according to the Department of Defense Standards. Appliances are not accepted.
AU owned electronics must go through AUSurplus@american.edu. Please email AU Surplus to schedule a pick-up.
We accept nearly all electronics of any age, working or not working.
AU owned electronics? Please send an email to AUSurplus@american.edu
What AU is doing to eliminate waste
New zero waste containers at SIS
In 2010, AU adopted a Zero Waste Policy mandating the creation of a team to develop a plan for reducing and diverting 100% of the university's waste stream.
AU composts paper towel waste from all restrooms around campus. Green Eagles (student sustainability educators) audited the campus waste stream and discovered that by composting paper towels, we are diverting about 13 percent of AU's waste from landfill.
AU also composts all of the kitchen waste from the Terrace Dining Room, Tenley Cafe, and coffee grounds from the Davenport Lounge.
The university is reducing solid waste by replacing bottled water with inline water filters.
In fall 2009, AU eliminated trays in the Terrace Dining Hall, reducing food waste by an estimated 32 percent.
The university reuses and recycles surplus furniture by partnering with several area surplus and reuse centers.
In 2009, the university recycled 43 percent of the solid waste generated on campus by presorting cans, glass, paper, cardboard, plastic bags, batteries, cell phone batteries, cell phones, and fluorescent lights.
We collect and recycle vehicle waste including lubricants, antifreeze, oil filters, tires, and batteries.