Waste Diversion

Sustainability

For information on how to recycle at MUSC, please visit the Sustainability & Recycling section found on the Horseshoe intranet. You can also find the MUSC Waste Management Guide at the bottom of this page.

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.

Recycling

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. 

Compost

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.

Vermicompost
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.

Reuse

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.

MUSC Waste Management Guide

Waste Stream Overview at MUSC:  Hard plastic, glass and Metal are recycled in the blue circle-top bins. Examples include plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, and plastic containers. Plastic bags can only be recycled in the E-cycler located in the Colbert Library Lobby. Examples include plastic grocery bags of any color.  Paper can be recycled in green-lid slit top bins across campus and also in rolling carts, and secure consoles. All paper on campus is shredded and recycled. Exaamples include: white and color paper. Cardboard and Paperboard are recycled by placing them next to your trash/landfill bin. Examples include: empty glove boxes, to-go coffee cup sleeves, and broken down shipping boxes. E-waste, batteries and toner are recycled in a variety of locations on campus found in side two of this document.  Examples include: computer mice, toner cartridges, and batteries.  Compost is collected in in brown square top containers. Examples include: pizaa, paper towels, and food containers specified as compostable.  Landfill, or trash is placed in black bins around the campus. Examples include: gloves, to-go coffee cups (unless specified as compostable) and plastic cutlery. Email recycle@musc.edu with questions or call 843-792-4066.

Infographic Transcript: Waste Management Guide at the Medical University of South Carolina

Waste Stream Overview at MUSC:

  • Hard plastic, glass and Metal are recycled in the blue circle-top bins. Examples include plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, and plastic containers.
  • Plastic bags can only be recycled in the E-cycler located in the Colbert Library Lobby. Examples include plastic grocery bags of any color. 
  • Paper can be recycled in green-lid slit top bins across campus and also in rolling carts, and secure consoles. All paper on campus is shredded and recycled. Exaamples include: white and color paper.
  • Cardboard and Paperboard are recycled by placing them next to your trash/landfill bin. Examples include: empty glove boxes, to-go coffee cup sleeves, and broken down shipping boxes.
  • E-waste, batteries and toner are recycled in a variety of locations on campus found in side two of this document.  Examples include: computer mice, toner cartridges, and batteries. 
  • Compost is collected in in brown square top containers. Examples include: pizaa, paper towels, and food containers specified as compostable. 
  • Landfill, or trash is placed in black bins around the campus. Examples include: gloves, to-go coffee cups (unless specified as compostable) and plastic cutlery.

Email recycle@musc.edu with questions or call 843-792-4066