ACC's Office of Energy & Sustainability can help make any campus event Zero Waste. Fill out the Zero Waste Event Request Form to tell us more about your event, connect with our staff, and receive guidance on how to coordinate a Zero Waste event. The process is easy:
Austin Community College's Office of Energy and Sustainability and Service Center Mail Room collect surplus office supplies to distribute across the district for reuse. We currently have paperclips, rubberbands, and restored expo markers available. Fill out a form to request surplus office supplies.
Recycling in the United States can divert more than 60 million tons of waste away from landfills every year. That amounts to about 32 percent of all of our garbage. Do your part by dropping recyclable items in the blue bins on campus.
ACC is improving recycling campus-by-campus. Learn more about ACC's Recycling Improvement Program.
Please rinse food waste off before recycling any of the following.
*We do not recycle plastic bags. Please bring your plastic bags to your local grocery store to recycle.
Marker & Pen Recycling
The Marker & Pen Recycling pilot was first launched at Highland Campus in 2018. The Recycling Capsule is located next to the Highland Campus Information Desk. Depending on the success of the program, the Office of Energy & Sustainability will expand Marker & Pen Recycling across the District.
Styrofoam packing cube recycling is available at all campuses in mesh collection bags. *Please DO NOT put packing peanuts, food containers, plastic bags, or spongy foam (LDPE #4) in the mesh collection bags. Please ask your campus administration to direct you to the collection point.
Electronic Waste collection is available at all campuses. Please ask your campus administration to direct you to the collection point.
ACC has implemented Paper Towel Composting in restrooms across the district (coming soon to Elgin and Round Rock Campuses). Please put paper towels only in the marked bins, and NO food waste, recycling, or landfill waste.
In order to abide by the City of Austin's Universal Recycling Ordinance and reduce the amount of waste ACC sends to landfills, ACC's cafe kitchens now compost food waste across the district.
Eastview Campus' Culinary Arts Department diverts all compostable waste (inedible food from preparation and unfinished dishes) to compost bins within their kitchens. Eastview's Children's Lab School also teaches composting at a young age, providing bins for food waste and paper towels.
Be fashionable and eco-friendly with the 2018 ACC Eco Bag designed by Eco Bag Student Design Competition Winner, Sonya Tovar. Eco Bags can be purchased for $2.49 each (plus tax) through the ACC Marketplace.
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Submit your original design to the 2019 ACC Eco Bag Art Contest. Win an e-reader and your design displayed on a reusable bag at each campus and sold on the ACC website for one year. To see past year's winning designs click here.
ACC has installed Green Fountains on all campuses to decrease the number of single-use waterbottles. Each fountain displays how many plastic bottles have been kept out of the landfill since its installation.