How to Help

Things students, faculty, and staff can do to help:

  • Place all trash and recycling in the appropriate bins. Trash that ends up on the ground can be washed into our drainage system and end up in Mason Pond, or even the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Although glass, cans and plastics are sorted at the recycling facility, paper is not. Combining white and mixed paper limits the effectiveness of the recycling process and costs the University money.
  • Rinse out containers before you place them in recycling. The food left in packaging can contaminates the recycling, and can keep the whole batch from being recycled.Remember that recycling is only one part of  “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.  You can make an even greater difference by using less of something or reusing it.  The recycling or incineration process uses more energy and is more labor-intensive than reducing or reusing items.
  • If you live on campus, participate in Patriot Pack Out.  Your donated clothing, non-perishable food, small appliances, and other items will be given to local families in need.
  • Visit Mason’s Office of Sustainability at to get more information on how to be green at Mason!
  • Join the Environmental Action Group, a student organization, that campaigns for the protection of the environment and its inhabitants through action and education.
  • Join the Green Patriots student organization to develop valuable green job skills, help reduce Mason’s environmental impact, , and develop and manage exciting and innovative programs.
  • Join the Environmental Awareness Group, a student organization dedicated to improving and increasing recycling and numerous other green initiatives