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Waste Diversion


For information on how to recycle at MUSC, please visit the Sustainability & Recycling section found on the Horseshoe intranet.

Proper waste management is essential to building sustainable and healthy communities. This involves learning how to responsibly and efficiently handle our resources from cradle to grave.


MUSC recycles millions of pounds of material every year.

Why we recycle: 

  • The Environment: Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions, reduces litter, and pollution. 
  • The Economy: The recycling industry in SC has a $13 billion annual impact on the state economy, is responsible for 22,403 jobs, and saves money on waste disposal here at MUSC.
  • It’s Efficient: Recycling saves energy. It takes more energy to extract, transport, and process virgin materials for products than to use recycled feedstocks.
  • Human Health: Recycling reduces the need to extract, move, and process raw materials. The pollution associated with these activities has a detrimental impact on human health. Recycling hazardous waste like electronic waste also keeps dangerous chemicals from potentially contaminating water supplies. 

MUSC tracks our waste diversion every year in the annual RecycleMania Competition, along with hundreds of other schools across the nation. 


Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic material. Composting is important because it: 

  • Reduces waste sent to the landfill saving money on waste disposal costs.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Helps make our campus beautiful - MUSC uses finished compost on our grounds.

Pre-Consumer Composting
MUSC has partnered with College of Charleston, The Citadel, and Trident Technical College in a multi-agency compost hauling contract in an effort to divert cafeteria pre-consumer food waste from the landfill to the Bee's Ferry Compost facility. The three cafeterias on the MUSC campus compost tons of prep waste and unserved leftovers every year.

Post-Consumer Composting
To further reduce landfilled waste at MUSC, we are piloting our first public compost bins in the Library Lobby and the first two floors of Basic Science Building.

MUSC's vermicompost facility uses worms to breakdown food scraps from the cafeteria into vermicompost - a potent soil amendment which is used to help grow plants at the urban farm.

Waste Reduction

Stopping Waste at the source is the most effective method for Waste Management. MUSC is committed to reducing waste in procurement and sourcing.


MUSC has a variety of reuse programs that help us to make the most of our resources.

  • Office and Lab Supply Exchanges on campus where new and lightly used supplies can be picked up or dropped off.
  • Reuse discounts: Bring your favorite cup, bottle, or thermos to work and use it instead of disposable cups. Pay just $.79 for any drink, soda, or coffee at the cafeteria.
  • MUSC’s Surplus Departments allows used and extra resources to be re-used or sold.
  • Water bottle filling stations around campus encourage reusable water bottles.