The Physical Plant Department of the University of Louisville is a service organization whose function is to maintain the University’s physical facilities. In doing so, the department actively involves itself with recycling and energy efficiency of the University of Louisville!

Since 1991, the Physical Plant Department many recycling activities and programs. These programs include the recycling of paper, cardboard, fly ash, construction debris, refrigerant, used oil, scrap metal, and many other items.  In 1995, the Physical Plant department and the Department of Environmental Health & Safety implemented a program to collect and recycle “universal wastes” which includes batteries, mercury containing devices, and lighting.

This department is also committed to reducing waste and reusing materials whenever possible. Campus-wide programs include turning off lights in offices and bathrooms when not in use and powering down computers and monitors after business hours. The department reuses limbs, leaves, and other materials from campus grounds for mulch as well as participating in the surplus property exchange program where campus office furniture and equipment are reused.

In 2013, the Physical Plant Department diverted 46.05% of its total waste from landfills! Here are some more recycling statists of the University of Louisville’s Physical Plant Department:

2003-2013 Recycling Statistics (in pounds)
Cardboard 6,010,306
Mixed Office Paper 5,952,296
Compost 4,512,006
Scrap Metal and White Goods 3,190,401
Batteries, lamps, and ballasts 507,878
Electronic Scrap 236,721
Aluminum 139,606
Petroleum products, antifreeze (gal.) 20,815
Tires 12,850
Rendering oil 8,900