Compost Tea

Penn treats the campus soil, grass, and plants with compost tea -- an organic alternative to chemical fertilizers

Green Fund Projects

Laboraty Glass and Metal Recycling

Installation of one 20-yard recycling compactor and one 6-yard trash compactor in the Department of Chemistry loading dock in order to implement a department-wide lab glass and lab metal recycling program. The additional compactor will also increase the department’s capacity to recycle paper, cardboard and commingled materials while reducing the number of pickups from 10-12 to 2-3 per week.

With the purchase and installation of the recycling compactor, the Department of Chemistry has estimated a 50% increase in the amount of materials recycled. The increased capacity has allowed the Department to implement a department-wide lab glass and lab metal recycling program while also expanding their existing office single-stream recycling program.  Recycling bins for all faculty, staff, and graduate student offices were purchased to encourage increased participation.

Project Leader: 
Matthew Lane, Executive Director, Department of Chemistry
Project Sponsor: 
Department of Chemistry


40% by 2014 is Penn's five-year goal for recycling paper, cardboard, and commingled materials.