Recycling - Ellison Hall

The Ellison Hall recycling program is one component within the larger framework of UCSB’s overall recycling plan, so we have included information about the Physical Facilities Recycling Program and Associated Students Recycling to provide the setting and background in which our program resides. Jointly, these units combine to provide the bulk of the recycling for the campus.

Reducing, recycling, and buying recycled products is crucial to the participants in Ellison Hall as we are part of a very large environmentally conscious institution. We are committed to purchasing recycled/reused products in our daily operation. Our approach to daily business has been to reduce consumption by the simplest means; for example, we set our printers to duplex as the default, and we strive to provide most administrative information electronically.

Our goal is to help make recycling so easy and automatic that it blends into the flow of everyday life. In Ellison Hall, every office and laboratory have both trash and office pack containers. At key locations (on all six floors of the south side, and all three floors of the north wing), additional containers capture co-mingled recyclables (glass, plastic, aluminum, magazines, newspaper, and metal). On the first floor, in the main lobby, there are also three AS recycling bins; one for diskettes/CD’s/Audio and Video Tapes, one for batteries, and one for e-waste and toner cartridges. At ground level (on the exterior of the building), there are four AS recycling clusters (berthas) located around Ellison Hall (on the north, south, east, and west sides). Located just north of Ellison Hall is our recycling enclosure for office pack, co-mingled recyclables, green waste, and landfill. 

We have approached our recycling program based on UCSB’s annual waste-stream audits in an effort to make sure we are capturing as much as possible for recycling. The data provided show that office pack is the largest contributor to UCSB’s waste stream, at 37% by weight. Other papers include cardboard, magazines, and books, which comprise 10% of the sample study. Plastic volumes follow at 9%, organics at 6%, glass at 2%, and aluminum cans at 1%. Trash comprised 35% in a recent study.


There is a compost bin in the kitchen on each floor.  These can handle all but fried food/fat, meat, or dairy.  The compost is taken to the green waste bin located in the Ellison courtyard daily.  If you have food waste that falls within the fried food/fat, meat, or dairy categories, this must be placed in the kitchen or restroom trash cans.

Office Pack

Office pack bins are located in each office, laboratory, and classroom throughout the building. Our custodial crew collects these every other day and recycles them in the appropriate bin located in the Ellison Hall enclosure just north of the building.

Co-Mingled Recyclables (Plastic, glass, aluminum, newspaper, and metals)

These collection bins are located in 6 locations in Ellison Hall – one per floor.  Our student assistant collects material from these bins every Friday and takes them to the appropriate recycle bin located in the enclosure just north of the building.

Cardboard Recycling

Cardboard is recycled/re-used by the Purchasing Assistants in each department within Ellison Hall. All deliveries for the faculty, staff, and students are made to the Purchasing Assistants in Ellison Hall.  Each Assistant retains a certain number of boxes on site for field campaigns and other shipments. The Purchasing Assistant is responsible for both breaking-down/recycling cardboard and for re-use of boxes for shipping and fieldwork. The Purchasing Assistant leaves items to be recycled by their nearest recycle bins located on each floor of Ellison (see attached diagram). The custodial staff picks it up from this location and takes it to the appropriate bin located in the Ellison Hall enclosure just north of the building.

Packing Materials

The Purchasing Assistants are also responsible for re-use of packing materials. Since most of these items are not recyclable, we collect them and pass them to Central Stores for re-use and have two secondary sources in Goleta as well: Mailboxes Etc. at 5662 Calle Real (peanuts only) and Mailboxes Etc. at 160 North Fairview Avenue (all packaging material).  We regularly deliver our excess for re-use to these two locations.


In each Department’s internal mail sorting, one staff member is responsible for tracking duplicate dissemination of magazines and contacts vendors to delete these excess mailings. Any magazines or items with glued bindings are taken to the appropriate recycle bin on the east side of Davidson Library.

Old Textbooks/Catalogs/Readers

These are collected in the mailroom in each department, and our student assistant takes them to the AS recycling bin on a quarterly basis.

Phone Books

Each department is responsible for the collection of old phone books once a year in fall quarter and coordinates with UCSB’s Central Stores to pick them up for recycling.


Batteries are collected for recycling on the first floor of Ellison Hall and taken to Central Stores for recycling. 

Fluorescent Bulbs

For light bulbs within Ellison, we use a staff member in Physical Facilities to change out and recycle the bulbs.