Ball State University is committed to pursuing sustainability practices that positively impact the environment. Some of these practices include the purchasing of EPEAT and Energy Star electronics when feasible, striving to achieve LEED standards in renovations and new construction and extending a product's life cycle by reusing it in other areas of campus if possible. We believe that we all share responsibility in maintaining a safe and enjoyable planet. It is for this reason that Ball State University makes every effort to reuse items, recycle all items (when feasible), and when recycling is not an option; only contract with disposal companies that can guarantee 100% of all waste and discarded materials do not end up in landfills.

Did you know that as part of Purchasing Services' commitment to sustainability, every effort is made to recycle plastic wrap, electronics, and pallets? In FY 20/21, the Ball State University Purchasing Department collected the following for recycling:

  • 209 wooden pallets recycled
  • 811 Items recycled back to campus
  • 33,880 Lbs. of electronics recycled
  • 150,660 Lbs of scrap metal recycled
  • 1,202 batteries recycled
  • 5,337 ballasts recycled
  • 9,849 lamps recycled

Our efforts in limiting our environmental impact have not gone unnoticed; in 2020 Ball State University's Purchasing Services was awarded the Silver award for Purchasing and End-of-Life Management by the State Electronics Challenge (SEC), an award administered by the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.

Our efforts are not just about rewards and recognition, but instead we strive to leave a better world and campus for all future Ball State University students, faculty and staff. For more information, please see the the Purchasing Services Excess Policy