Green Initiatives

Leaf Recycling

Recycling dry leaves is an energy-saving and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of fallen leaves. Leaves are collected around campus in the fall and used for compost later in the year when the planting of flowers begins. Leaves are also used in natural areas on our campuses. 

Limbs and Branches

Tree trimmings and other brush make up a significant percentage of the waste found in landfills. While it is natural material that breaks down easily, it still takes up space. Wake Tech collects limbs and branches throughout the year and places them in mulching piles for later use. The pictures below show a collection of limbs and branches that have been turned into mulch. 

Recycling Bins

Recycling bins have been placed throughout campus areas, including parking lots and parking decks. Please use them! 

Tree Preservation

Wake Tech is constantly growing and changing, and each new building or roadway brings environmental challenges. We value the investment the college has made in the development of unique green spaces. Every attempt is made to save trees on campus. In construction zones, we require protective fencing and other measures to keep nearby trees healthy. When trees must be removed because of construction, they may be candidates for transplanting.  


  • Reduce – reuse – recycle. Reduce your use of non-biodegradable objects, reuse objects as often as possible, and recycle everything you can. 
  • Resist the urge to carry everything away; leaves, limbs, and branch debris can be reused as mulch or compost. Donate unwanted landscape material to a rebuild center. 
  • Install native plants – they are better adapted to the soil and climate of the region and thus are more sustainable. Once established, they will require less water. 
  • Build and use a compost bin for food waste. Do not throw leftover food into trash cans. The Culinary Arts Department may be able to offer tips on composting.  
  • Note the location of recycling bins throughout campus and find out about other local recycling centers.
  • Purchase recycled products.   
  • Treat water as the precious resource it is. Wasteful irrigation accounts for more than a third of all water use in the Unites States.