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Before throwing an item in the trash, ask yourself these questions:

  • Can it be recycled instead?
  • Can it be reused or donated?
  • Is there a different, longer-lasting or more sustainable item that can be used in the future instead?


Landfilled waste is a significant contributor of global greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.  In order to preserve our planet, we must make better decisions in our materials consumption by choosing to refuse, reduce, reuse, or recycle whenever possible.  Disposal should only be a last resort, and it's up to each of us to do our part.


Villanova University's trash is sent to a waste to energy incineration plant, owned and operated by Covanta, instead of being landfilled.



If you'd like to learn more about Covanta's waste to energy process, click on the image below:

Covanta Waste to Energy Video
Covanta Energy from Waste Video