Waste Minimization Programs
KSU generated over 1,800 tons of waste (3.7 million pounds) over the 2015 school year, an average of 110 pounds per student. Of the waste generated, KSU diverted 49% (915 tons) from the landfill through recycling and composting.
See below to learn more about KSU’s current waste minimization and waste diversion strategies.
- KSU’s Surplus Department: Collects unused university-owned furniture and office supplies. Staff who wish to
exchange their desks or chairs for another set are encouraged to check here first.
This not only reduces waste, but also saves money for the Department and University
by reducing the amount spent on new furniture purchases.
- Just-In-Time Procurement: The Division of Facilities Services' Procurement Office uses a Just-In-Time inventory
and procurement strategy to eliminate unnecessary purchases, which saves money and
- Office Sharing: KSU encourages staff to consider office-sharing arrangements, particularly if both
staff work from home or on the opposite campus two or more days per week. This allows
KSU to minimize the need for new construction and renovation to house their growing
- Dining Best Practices: The Commons and Stingers reduce food waste through small-batch cooking and the Clean
Your Plate initiative.
- SwapShop: Since 2016, Housing, Residence, Life, Campus Planning and Sustainability, The Office of Sustainability and the CARE Center host an annual swap shop. During this event, students are encouraged to donate items they no longer need. These items are then distributed via CARE to other students in need and to MUST Ministries. Additionally, they facilitated cardboard recycling during move-in, collecting over 4,500 pounds of cardboard.
- Pumpkin Launch Pumpkin Upcycling: Every year the Office of Sustainability collects pumpkin waste from KSU's annual Pumpkin Launch engineering competition. Approximately 1,000 pounds of smashed pumpkins are collected and donated as chicken feed to neighboring farms.
- Dining Compost: The Commons and Stingers dining halls collect uneaten food from the kitchen and dining
hall for composting.
- Move-in Carboard Recycling: Every year The Office of Sustainability and Housing, Residence Life and volunteers
throughout campus collect around 7,000lbs of cardboard for recycling during KSU's
days of move-in.
- re:loom KSU Textile Upcycling: A few years ago, when KSU transitioned from the Kennesaw Mountain logo, we had thousands of pounds of outdated textiles, including tablecloths, uniforms, t-shirts, and more. Instead of discarding them, we chose to make a positive impact. These materials were donated to a non-profit organization called re:loom, which upcycled them into high-quality Kennesaw-themed merchandise. The proceeds from these unique products go on to support non-profits dedicated to providing housing for homeless women and families. To explore the wonderful creations from re:loom and contribute to this meaningful cause, visit their website here.