Although the University has offered a recycling program for many years, grassroots efforts and industry innovation have allowed for a substantial increase of product collection in the last 5 years. Working with Pittsburgh Recycling Services in Hazelwood, Facilities Management implemented commingled recycling opportunities on campus, making appropriate disposal more convenient. This way, products such as paper, plastic, cardboard, glass and aluminum can be deposited in the same container.
In 2009, the University strengthened its recycling efforts with the purchase of an environmentally friendly self-contained compactor. The equipment compresses campus waste, preparing it to be sent out to reprocessing facilities. Operating with high environmental standards, the compactor uses biodegradable oil and enlists stringent odor and pest control. It also reduces fire hazards by enclosing material rather than exposing it to open air. Marathon Equipment, the compactor’s manufacturer, has been recognized by the U.S Department of Energy for its energy conservation initiatives. The company stated that Duquesne has the first GreenBuilt® compactor in Allegheny County.