Waste and Recycling

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Advancing Waste Management Towards Zero Waste

Lehigh recognizes the role that eliminating, reducing, reusing, and recycling serves in decreasing the consumption of virgin resources and enhancing the sustainability of campus operations and maintenance. The more Lehigh faculty, staff, and students reduce, reuse, and recycle, the more Lehigh contributes to a sustainable environment.

2020 Waste Diverson Goals

  • Minimize waste generated on campus by 10% over 2010 baseline
  • Increase recyclables by 10% over 2012 baseline
  • Divert all food waste from trash stream

Water Bottle Refill Stations

Since 2014, Lehigh has installed over forty water bottle refill stations on campus.  These stations have eliminated the use of over one million plastic water bottles. Click on the image below to view a GIS map of all the water bottle refill stations on campus.


Contact Dan O'Brien, Associate Director, Custodial, Grounds and Athletics (djo318@lehigh.edu).