The natural world operates by the equation: waste = food. No by-product is ever wasted but is used to feed or fuel another system. The chain is never broken but is continuous. We believe the same to be true of our human-made environments and of our campus. With the goal of becoming a “zero-waste” campus, we actively seek how to reduce and divert waste from simply being waste.
- In 2010, as part of the national Recyclemania competition, Messiah "crushed" the competition by tallying some impressive numbers stats related to campuswide recycling. Among Pennsylvania schools, Messiah was third for recycling 8.12 pounds of corrugated cardboard per person; fifth for recycling 5.64 pounds of cans and bottles per person; and 13th for recycling 3.07 pounds of paper per person.
- In 2008, Messiah College’s sponsored the first-ever recycling initiative at Creation, a popular Christian music festival held each June in Mt. Union, Pa. More than 60,000 bottles and cans are recycled each year.
- Messiah recycles cans, glass, paper, cardboard, metals, electronics, and styrofoam.
- In 2010, a densifier was installed on campus so that styrofoam containers used in dining operations could be melted into pellets and repurposed for things like Rubbermaid containers and computers.
- In 2009, Messiah partnered with Goodwill Industries to collect two trailers full of discarded clothing, furniture, televisions, lamps, microwaves and more during the days students were moving out of their campus residences at the end of the academic year. In addition, non-perishable food items were collected for a local food bank.
- The campus grounds crew collects leaves and grass clippings and composts them with equipment on loan from the county. The resulting compost is then perfect for top dressing for landscaping campus. In addition, the College makes its own mulch from a year’s worth of logs and branches. The mulch is then used on campus flowerbeds, gardens, and trails.