Check out HCC's surplus warehouse inventory for free furniture and electronics available for college-use.

Single Stream Recycling at HCC

HCC participates in a Single Stream Recycling program at all of our campuses (except at Plant City campus where we've partnered with the city). With our partners, Waste Management and Suduxo, we are actively working to reduce our waste stream and impact on the environment. Watch a video here about the process of Single Stream Recycling at one of Waste Management's material recovery facilities. /departments/sustainability/waste-management--energy.aspx

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HCC students visit Waste Managment's new single stream recycling facility in Ybor


Acceptable and Unacceptable Recyclables at HCC:



 Cardboard  Food Waste
 Magazines  Plastic Wrap
 Office Paper  Plastic Films
 Brown Paper Bags  Plastic Utensils
 Newspaper  Films
 Paperboard (cereal boxes, etc.)  Foam Products
 Junk Mail  Candy Wrappers
 Phone Books  
 Soft Bound Books  
 Plastics #1-7 (remove all caps and lids!!)  
 Aluminum cans, foil, and pie tins  
 Tin or Steel Cans  
 Glass (clear and colored)                                                                                                                                                 


Download educational signage for your campus events!

Single Stream Acceptable and Unacceptable Sign

Unacceptable Items in Single Stream Sign

Recycle It! (sign targeting plastic and aluminum beverage containers for to place by recycle bins at events)

3 powerpoint slides created by Brandon Students for the Environment


waste reduction efforts at hcc

HCC Sustainability completed their first college-wide waste audit (weight and volume) on February 27th, 2013. This will serve as our baseline analysis. As with most studies, there were some data gaps that had to be filled in, but preliminary results show we generated close to 10 tons of waste in one week (February 20-27). Only about 3 tons were recycling, the other 7 tons were all sent to landfills and incinerators. Considering that about 90 percent of the national municipal solid waste stream (MSW) is either recyclable or compostable (EPA) as seen in the graph below, our goal is to reduce the overall tonnage generated and have most of the remaining waste stream going to recycling.  

EPA energy graph

Waste reduction focus groups have been completed at all five campuses with a mix of students, faculty, and staff. View the presentation summarizing where HCC is at and where we want to go. The potential strategies that came out of that process were organized into seven categories and transformed into an Excel based ranking/voting tool that was distributed college-wide in Fall 2013. The results will be developed into a college waste reduction plan. Please contact HCC's Sustainability Specialist, Resham Shirsat at or 813-757-2136 with any questions or comments.

waste focus group
Waste reduction focus group at the Brandon campus in February

 Administrative, Policies, Procedure (ADM) - (Note #2 and #3 are a tie)


1.       Retrofit desk side recycling containers with smaller, clip on trash receptacles.

2.       Remove waste receptacles from classrooms and only provide larger Waste Elimination Stations (WES) a few places around the building (exterior and interior halls).

3.       Develop vendor/exhibitor guidelines or policy for giveaways.

4.       Label bins “landfill/incinerator” instead of trash, garbage or waste.

Composting (C)

1.       Begin collecting pre and post consumer food waste at all campus cafeterias.

2.       Composting collection and area at each campus.

3.       Mandate that all third party food vendors (Starbucks, Subway, etc.) comply with a college-wide pre and post consumer food waste collection policy.

4.       Community partnerships for composting.

Education and Outreach (EO)

1.       Market the health benefits associated with walking to a Waste Elimination Station instead of individual classroom waste receptacles.

2.       Use electronic boards at entrances for educational messages.

3.       Begin tabling to distribute waste educational materials at campuses on a regular schedule.

4.       Create campus specific videos about HCC waste reduction.

Incentives/Disincentives (ID)

1.       Instructors to offer extra credit for cleanups, recycling initiatives, etc.

2.       Reduce the number of printers.

3.       Provide students incentives for recycling such as free gifts (movie passes, coupons, etc.) for those who bring in a reusable product (mugs, utensils, etc.).

4.       Charge for plastic bags if they cannot be banned completely.

Purchasing (P)

1.       Develop a green purchasing policy.

2.       Collaborate with dining services to use packaging and disposables that are compostable.

3.       Phase out purchases that contain or create hazardous waste (harsh cleaners, fertilizers, etc.).

4.       Only allow aluminum cans in vending machines and dining halls, and suspend all plastic sales.

Recycling (RC) – Note #2 and #3 are a tie

1.       Prescription pill bottle collection.

2.       Text book collection station at each campus.

3.       Battery, cell phone, and bulb (electronics) collection station at each campus.

4.       Reuse manila envelopes and folders by using stickers to re-label them.

Source Reduction (SR)

1.       Standardize the college-wide printing setting to duplex where possible.

2.       Eliminate plastic trash can liners with bottom paper liners or all together.

3.       Increase use of technology (e-readers for testing and books and electronic scratchpads added to computers) and reduce use of paper.

4.       Implement electronic receipts at all locations (bookstores, cafeterias, etc.).