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  • Waste Management

    Waste Management

    The Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management’s waste management program initiatives are based on federal, state and local regulations to ensure the health and well-being of the campus community.

    The waste management program involves numerous initiatives that include:

    • Electronic waste disposal
    • Universal waste disposal
    • Transfer of hazardous waste to a bulk waste facility
    • Oversight of hazardous waste disposal and generation
    • Creation of reports required by local, state and federal entities

    Proper handling, storage and disposal of waste materials protects the environment and the campus community as a whole.

    To request additional information or training involving waste management or environmental safety, please contact the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at 325-942-2180.

  • Campus Recycling


    Campus Recycling

    Please join in ASU’s efforts as “Blue and Gold Goes Green” to protect our environment and educate our students about their responsibility for the most precious resource of all – our planet.

    “Colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality.”
    The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

    Angelo State University strives to proactively manage how it impacts the environment while responsibly managing the resources provided to the campus.

    We are committed to: 


    • Complying with sound environmental practices
    • Properly managing wastes and pollution
    • Managing our processes in a way that considers the environmental impact

    Recycling can contribute significantly, both on an individual level and within broad collective efforts, to reduce our consumption. Consider, for example, these facts about recycling.

    Small recycling containers, like the one depicted in the image above, are provided to departments to facilitate collecting recyclables in the workplace. Please e-mail or call 325-942-2180 to request additional containers.

    • Adopt-A-Hallway

      Angelo State University is committed to providing an educational model for environmentally responsible stewardship of the campus and its resources. Environmental education and participation in campus programs are encouraged.

      ASU’s recycling initiative is an important first step in educating ASU students about their roles as environmental stewards and to that end, we are partnering with Student Organizations in the Adopt-A-Hallway program. Please see the list below depicting the organizations participating in this program and the hallway they have adopted.

      Building Organization
      Academic Building/Basement Kappa Delta Rho
      Academic Building/1st Floor Pro Life Rams
      Academic Building/2nd Floor, South Student Social Work Association
      Annex Buildings Alpha Phi Omega
      Carr Education-Fine Arts Building Tau Beta Sigma
      Cavness Science Building Beta Beta Beta
      Center for Human Performance UREC-Outdoor Adventures
      Hardeman Building Association of Mexican American Students
      Junell Center Ram Power Lifting
      Math-Computer Science Building Mu Epsilon Kappa
      Porter Henderson Library/3rd Floor Kappa Sigma Colony
      Rassman Building Delta Sigma Pi
      Science III Building American Chemical Society
      University Center/Basement Lambda Chi Alpha
      University Center/1st Floor Delta Zeta
      University Clinic Angelo State Officials Association
      Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building Ram Tennis Club
      Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building/2nd Floor Student Nurses Association
    • Recyclables

      Recycling Paper

      Please place recyclable paper in the designated containers or bins. These are papers that can be recycled:


      • Newspapers and inserts
      • Magazines
      • Catalogs
      • Phone books
      • Mail, cards, envelopes, etc.
      • Wrapping paper
      • Printing paper
      • Paper bags
      • Boxboard (thin cardboard, such as cereal boxes, soda cartons, etc.)

      These Papers Cannot Be Recycled:

      • Pizza boxes
      • Soiled or food-stained paper
      • Paper towels, facial or toilet tissue
      • Disposable paper plates and cups
      • Gift bags
      • Milk and juice cartons

      Shredded Paper

      You may recycle shredded paper if the paper met the recycling guidelines before it was shredded. Special attention is required when shredding sensitive documents which are typically defined as containing FERPA, financial, social security numbers or other personal information. The IRS standard for shredding sensitive information is 5/16 inch wide or smaller strips and recommends cross cut shredders for the best destruction method.

      Please put shredded paper into plastic bags before placing in a designated facility bin to prevent littering. If the bag is too large, place it near the bin, away from pedestrian passageways. You may submit a Waste Pick Up Request or e-mail to schedule a pickup for large shredding jobs. 

      Recycling Plastic

      Please place recyclable plastic in the designated containers or bins.

      Only plastics with the numbers 1 & 2 are recyclable. Confirm the recycling number by looking on the bottom of the item before placing it in a container or bin.

      Types of plastic that can be recycled:

      • Water, soda, and juice bottles
      • Milk jugs
      • Shampoo, conditioner, and liquid soap bottles
      • Detergent, bleach, and cleaning fluid bottles
      • Margarine tubs and yogurt containers
      • Plastic bottles and lids
      • Plastic food and produce containers

      Rinse all food waste from recyclables before placing in recycling containers. 

      Types of plastic that cannot be recycled:

      • Plastics with the recycling numbers 3 – 7 such as Solo cups, plates, and utensils
      • Plastic bags and packaging
      • Styrofoam
      • Plastic Toys
      • Plastic containers with oil or other hazardous material

      Recycling Corrugated Cardboard

      What is corrugated cardboard?

      Corrugated cardboard is thick and has a wavy middle layer that is typically used to make moving and shipping boxes.

      Pizza boxes or any cardboard with food residue cannot be recycled.

      Corrugated cardboard should be placed in a designated facility bin or recycling dumpster.

      Recycling Aerosol Cans

      ASU has purchased an aerosol can crusher to recycle cans purchased with university funds. Please submit a Waste Pick Up Request for aerosol cans to be picked up or e-mail to schedule a delivery.

    • Bin Locations

      imagePaper and Plastic

      Bins have been strategically placed in the following campus facilities to collect paper and plastic recyclables.

      • Academic Building
        • Basement – Hallway by Room 010
        • First Floor – Hallway by Room 110
        • Second Floor – Hallway by Room 204
        • Second Floor – Hallway by Room 210
      • Administration Building – First Floor in Hallway by Purchasing OfficeAlumni Center – Outside by Dumpsters
      • Annex Buildings – Outside by Human Resources Entrance
      • Carr Education-Fine Arts Building – Central Spine in Hallway by Stairwell
      • Cavness Science Building – First Floor in Hallway by Room 103
      • Center for Human Performance – First Floor in Hallway by Main Offices
      • Central Receiving – Warehouse
      • Facilities Management Complex – Loading Dock
      • Hardeman Building – Second Floor in Hallway by Elevator
      • Houston Harte University Center
        • Sub-Floor – Outside of Center for Student Involvement by Stairwell
        • First Floor – South Entrance
      • Junell Center – Second Floor in Hallway by Weight Room
      • Mathematics-Computer Science Building – First Floor by Northeast Entrance
      • Porter Henderson Library
        • First Floor – Inside Loading Dock
        • Third Floor – Hallway by Freshman Honors
      • Rassman Building – First Floor by Main Stairwell Entrance
      • Reidy Building – Inside University Police Department
      • Science III Building – First Floor by Restrooms
      • University Clinic – Near Back Door
      • Vincent Nursing – Physical Science Building
        • First Floor – Hallway by Men’s Restroom
        • Second Floor – Hallway by Women’s Restroom

      Recyclable Collection

      Recyclables are picked up twice a week at most locations. To schedule an additional pick-up or to request a pick-up of other recyclables such as batteries or bulbs, please submit a Waste Pick Up Request.

      Corrugated Cardboard

      Bins have been placed in the facilities listed below to collect corrugated cardboard and may be added to other locations on an as need basis. Departments may also take cardboard directly to a recycling dumpster.

      • Administration Building – First Floor in Hallway by Purchasing Office
      • Carr Education-Fine Arts Building – Central Spine in Hallway by Stairwell
      • Cavness Science Building – First Floor in Hallway by Room 103
      • Porter Henderson Library – Third Floor in Hallway by Freshman Honors

      Cardboard should always be flattened before placing in a bin or dumpster to prevent wasting space for other recyclables.

    • Dumpster Locations

      Recycling Container

      Dumpsters have been strategically placed throughout the campus to collect recyclables. Items such as paper, plastic, cardboard, tin, and aluminum may be comingled in all of the recycling dumpsters which are at the following locations:

      Auxiliary and E&G Facilities

      • Administrative Support Center – Southwest side of parking lot P-06
      • Carr Education-Fine Arts – North side of parking lot P-41 by the landfill dumpster
      • Cavness Science Building – Southwest side of parking lot P-38
      • Facilities Management Complex – North side of the complex yard
      • Food Service Center – North side of facility near the loading dock
      • Hardeman Student Services Center – Southwest side of parking lot P-04
      • Houston Harte University Center – Southwest side of facility near the loading dock
      • Junell Center – West side of the facility
      • Mathematics-Computer Science Building – South side of facility by the landfill dumpster
      • Porter Henderson Library – Northwest side of parking lot P-37 by the landfill dumpster
      • Vincent-NPS Building – Southeast side of parking lot P-11 by the landfill dumpster

      Residential Facilities

      • Centennial Village
        • Parking lot P-01 by the landfill dumpster
        • Parking lot P-02 by the landfill dumpster
      • Concho Hall
        • North side of facility by the landfill dumpster
        • Parking lot P-12 by the landfill dumpster
      • Marry Massie – Parking lot P-15 by the landfill dumpster
      • Robert Massie – Parking lot P-18 by the landfill dumpster
      • Plaza Verde –Northeast side of complex by the trash compactor
      • Texan Hall – South side of complex by the trash compactor
    • Technology Recyclables

      Technology Recyclables

      imageThe Biology Department facilitates recycling of all toner cartridges, cell phones, iPods and many other items, and the proceeds go to the Angelo State Natural History Collections Endowment.

      Student volunteers pick these items up from the following locations:

      • Mayer Administration Building – First floor hallway near the vending machines
      • Porter Henderson Library – Third floor near elevator
      • Cavness Science Building – First floor hallway near Room 109
      • Mathematics-Computer Science Building – First floor breezeway, east side of building
      • Carr Education & Fine Arts Building – First floor central spine by stairwell

      Contact the Biology Department at 325-942-2189 to coordinate pickup of large quantities of recyclables.

    • Reduce Environmental Impact


      Things You Can Do

      • Report wasted energy and water. Contact Facilities Management at 325-942-2355 to report any water drips, sprinkler malfunctions or lights left on.
      • Reduce paper use. Do not print large quantities of Web pages, report drafts, e-mails or class notes. Reuse bags, envelopes and scrap paper. Make double-sided copies and use route slips and electronic communication when possible.
      • Turn off lights when they are not in use. Buy fluorescent desk lamps and replacement bulbs instead of incandescent or halogen bulbs when possible. Turn off all lamps and overhead lights when not in use.
      • Turn off your computer monitor when not in your office or room. Turn off your computer when it is not in use. Just turning off your computer monitor when you leave your office or room helps! Buy energy efficient computer equipment with the Energy Star label when possible.
      • Buy products containing recycled materials. That way, we can recycle the products we buy, including the packaging.
      • Bike, walk, carpool or take the city bus. Biking and walking are great ways to get exercise! Carpooling or taking the city bus helps use less petroleum products and reduces car emissions.
      • Conserve water. When washing your hands, use only enough water to wet your hands and rinse off the soap. Turn off the faucet in between. Report any leaks or drips to Facilities Management for repair. Saving every drop of water helps! Don’t forget to turn the water off while brushing your teeth.
      • Regulate your own temperature. Dress appropriately for the season. Wear cool clothing in the summer and sweaters during winter instead of turning the thermostats up or down. Use energy wisely!
      • Avoid disposable products. Use a refillable mug. Reuse shopping bags (or buy canvas bags). Select products with reduced and recyclable packaging.
      • Recycle your used materials. Paper, cardboard and beverage containers can be placed in designated receptacles around the campus for recycling.

      Thank you for conserving resources and recycling at Angelo State University!

    • Myths About Recycling


      Listed below are some myths about recycling with factual responses.

      Recycling means more material to collect.  

      Fact: The same amount of waste is generated as with an all-disposal system. That waste is just separated into useful categories that can be reprocessed into usable goods. 

      Not recycling is cheaper than recycling. 

      Fact: Recycling should always be compared against disposal, since the material still must be transported off campus. Not recycling means paying for disposal. 

      Because we have plenty of landfills, recycling isn’t important.  

      Fact: Recycling has many more benefits than reduced landfill use, the chief of which are:

      • The conservation of natural resources (trees, oil, minerals, etc.)
      • Reduced energy consumption, which leads to lesser pollution and environmental impact associated with clear cutting, oil drilling, mining, burning coal to melt steel, etc.

      By recycling, you are conserving natural resources and reducing the amount of pollution and greenhouse gasses released into the environment. Additionally, the impact of landfills is greater than simply the space they take up. As organic matter (anything that was once living) breaks down in a landfill, it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. By reducing the amount of organic material sent to the landfills by composting, paper recycling, etc., you are helping to reduce greenhouse gasses. 

      Recycling bins are ugly and can’t fit into the campus aesthetic.

      Fact: Recycling bins, which are the same as trash bins, come in every shape, style and color, and can fit into nearly any aesthetic scheme. 

      Someone goes through the trash and pulls out the recyclables before it goes to the landfill. 

      Fact: Anything thrown into a trash can and will end up in the landfill. The labor required to sort through trash after it has already been mixed is prohibitive, and so almost never happens. The only feasible way of separating recyclables is “source separation,” meaning people separate their trash at the time they throw it away.

      Only white paper is recyclable. 

      Fact: Just about any type of paper is technically recyclable, including envelopes, Post-it notes, colored paper, newspaper and magazines. Some universal restrictions are waxy or thermal paper (for older fax machines), laminated paper and food-stained paper. However, recycling companies require different mixes and restrictions. 

      Incineration is safe these days, and you can burn trash for the electricity.

      Fact: Incineration still produces emissions into the air, including air pollutants and greenhouse gasses. While it is true that some incinerators also produce electricity, it is not without impact. Recycling materials, or reusing or reducing their use, will save electricity and is a much more efficient way of handling them. 

      It is OK to throw something away as long as it is biodegradable.

      Fact: Biodegradable waste breaks down into methane in the landfill. It is usually released into the atmosphere, where it is a potent greenhouse gas. A better solution is to recycle the material, or even better, reuse it or reduce its use altogether. Non-biodegradable waste does not produce methane, but it also will not break down in the landfill, thus using more space. 

  • Community Recycling

    ASU participates in the annual Texas Recycles Day which is conducted in November in coordination with several community sponsors and businesses. Students and employees are encouraged to participate and volunteer to help facilitate a community recyclables collection point on the campus.

    The Citizens’ Recycling Center at 702 Warehouse Road is run by San Angelo Friends of the Environment and accepts numerous recyclable items. Detailed information about accepted recyclables and disposal requirements are available on the center’s website.

    Butts Recycling is located at 615 W. 11th Street and has information about acceptable recyclables and disposal requirements on its website.

    These local businesses also accept recyclables:

    • Home Depot, 4363 W. Houston Harte Expressway, accepts linear and circular florescent bulbs.
    • Best Buy, 4325 Sunset Drive, accepts printers and household batteries (9 volt, AA, etc.).
    • Shipping Point, 1300 W. Beauregard Ave., accepts packing materials.
  • Stormwater Management

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required by law to protect the water quality for natural waters throughout the country. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has developed and implemented a permit process with specific conditions designed to protect storm water quality from pollution entering municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) in highly populated areas.

    As one of several entities in the City of San Angelo, the university is required to develop a program to protect stormwater quality. In accordance with Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) General Permit No. TXR040000, the university has obtained a stormwater permit and developed a Storm Water Management Program (SWMP). Section 109.54 of The Texas Education Code establishes the legal authority for Angelo State University to control discharges to and from those portions of the MS4 over which it has jurisdiction.

    The program is designed to:

    1. Effectively prohibit the discharge of non-storm water into the MS4 and
    2. Reduce the discharge of pollutants from the MS4 to the maximum extent practicable.

    The EHSRM office is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance and maintaining the program.

    The Office of Facilities Planning and Construction is responsible for coordinating and enforcing requirements under TPDES General Permit No. TXR150000 for each construction activity that results in a land disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre.

    You are encouraged to view OP 34.28 Storm Water Compliance Program for additional information regarding Angelo State’s storm water program.

    Public Education, Outreach and Involvement

    Angelo State has developed and implemented a public education and outreach program to distribute information to the community about the impacts of stormwater discharges on water quality, the hazards associated with illegal discharges and the improper disposal of waste, and steps the public can take to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff.

    Storm Water Awareness Presentation

    Stormwater Brochure

    The university also facilitates opportunities for public participation in events and activities which promote water quality and conservation initiatives such as:

    Earth Day

    Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1969 when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

    Angelo State celebrates this national event by providing a public forum for reminding faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors of the importance of environmental stewardship. University initiatives and programs are featured during the event and employees and students are encouraged to partner with the university in its effort to improve environmental quality.

    Texas Recycles Day

    imageSince 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15th to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate.

    The City of San Angelo implemented the annual Texas Recycles Day in November 2006 and Angleo State began participating in November 2012. The University provides a location for citizens of the city and surrounding communities to drop-off electronic recyclables. The two-day event is coordinated by EHSRM and ASU staff and student volunteers help palletize the recyclables and pass out brochures on environmental quality. See the Campus Recycling tab for more information regarding campus recycling.

    Storm Drain Marking Program

    As part of an initiative to improve storm water quality, the campus storm drain covers are painted blue. This is to serve as a reminder not to pour chemicals, paint, oil, or other contaminates into the storm drain and that trash and debris are carried by storm water runoff directly into the storm sewer system. The campus runoff flows to the City’s municipal separate storm sewer system, that eventually outfalls into the Concho River.  Please review the Stormwater Matters article for additional information on reducing stormwater pollution.

    Pet Waste Management Program

    imageAngelo State University is a welcoming community receiving numerous visitors on a daily basis, many of which introduce pets to our campus. Pet Waste Stations have been installed at several locations on the campus mall to facilitate the proper disposal of pet waste and prevent storm water contamination.