Sustainability Resources – 2021

Sustainability Resources

Live A More Sustainable Lifestyle On Campus

Here are nine ways that you can live a more sustainable lifestyle on campus.


Reusable Products

Stop using single-use disposable products. Instead of using plastic utensils and paper plates buy a set of cutlery and dishes. We’d also recommend students buy a reusable water bottle and bring a reusable bag when they go shopping at campus stores.


Shop Used

Purchase used items instead of buying them new. Furnish and decorate your dorm or apartment with used items. Avoid fast fashion and only buy new clothes when you need to. Purchase higher quality clothing items that will last longer.


Work Digitally

Reduce your paper waste by taking notes digitally on a laptop or tablet. Only print off documents that you will really need for your classes. If you think that you may end up throwing away a flyer or other document don't take a copy.


Shop Locally

Shop locally instead of buying products online. Shopping locally is a great way to support the local economy and reduce the carbon footprint created by shipping products from out of town.


Donate & Resell

Donate or sell items that you don’t need. If you need to get rid of items at the end of the school year try to resell, donate, or pass them on to younger students. GCU runs a collection drive at the end of the year so students can donate unwanted items to Goodwill.


Carpool With Friends

When going off-campus to do things like go grocery shopping or attending church carpool with a group of your friends or roommates. This is a great way to save money on gas and reduce your carbon footprint.


Unplug & Save Energy

Turn lights off when you leave your apartment or dorm. Unplug your devices when they’re finished charging. When lights are left on and electronics are left plugged in energy is wasted.


Run Fewer Loads

Only wash your clothes when you can run a full load. Switch to doing your laundry with cold water whenever possible. Instead of using the dryer hang your clothes to dry.



Recycling helps GCU keep waste out of landfills. This year ASGCU is working to substantially increase the number of recycling bins across campus. We've put up posters to help you find a recycling bin near your dorm or apartment.

GCU Recycling Guide

Learn more about what items can and can't be recycled and the proper way to recycle them.


Recycle clean bottles, cans, paper and cardboard.


Keep food and liquid out of your recycling.


No loose plastic bags and no bagged recyclables.


Paper Recycling

Did you know paper makes up nearly 30 percent of waste generated each year?

Recycle envelopes, office paper, junk mail, greeting cards, and file folders. Shredded paper should be put in a paper bag.

Acceptable Items

  • Newspaper
  • Envelopes
  • Junk mail
  • Phone books
  • Brochures
  • Magazines

Cardboard Recycling

Did you know greasy pizza boxes are not recyclable?

You can also include newspaper inserts, catalogs, paperback books, phone books, and brochures.

Acceptable Items

  • Ream wrappers
  • File folders
  • Posterboard
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Milk cartons

Plastic Recycling

Did you know recycling just ten plastic bottles saves enough energy to power a laptop for more than 25 hours?

Recycle plastics #1 thru #7. Look on the bottom of containers for a number inside the recycling arrows.

Acceptable Items

  • Milk jugs (no cartons)
  • Water/Soda containers
  • Shampoo/Soap/Detergent bottles

Aluminum/Metal Recycling

Did you know recycling just one ton of aluminum cans conserves more than 1,024 gallons of gasoline?

Recycle all food and beverage metal cans - steel, tin, bi-metal, and aluminum.

Acceptable Items

  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Food cans
  • Scrap metal

Glass Recycling

Did you know glass is not recyclable in all areas? Make sure to check with your local team.

Recycle clear and colored glass.

Acceptable Items

  • Beverage containers
  • Glass food jars

What Can't Be Recycled

It is important that when recycling, you ensure that your recyclables are empty, clean, and dry.

In addition, these items should not be recycled:

  • Bagged Recyclables
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Film or Wrap
  • Cups with Wax or Plastic Coating
  • Polystyrene Foam or Plastic
  • Tangling Items
  • Clothing or Textiles
  • Furniture
  • Sharp or dangerous items