Please feel free to contact us with questions regarding trash disposal, waste reduction, reuse or recycling issues at UNC-Chapel Hill. OWRR Staff

General Inquiries

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Room 127 General Storeroom Building
111 Airport Drive, CB #1805
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1805
Map to Our Office

Recycling LogoThe idea for a campus recycling office began in 1988 when students concerned about the lack of recycling on campus joined together and formed the Tar Heel Recycling Program (TaRP). TaRP was successful in advocating for recycling among the 37,000 students, staff, and faculty. In accord with the emergence of this student environmental movement, in 1989 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) and hired its first Recycling Coordinator. OWRR and TaRP purchased 155 thirty-two gallon containers and implemented a comprehensive residence hall recycling program where glass, newspaper, white paper, and aluminum could be recycled.

Since this time, OWRR has expanded both its size and the scope of materials it recycles. The staff has increased to eight full-time and three part time employees, and there are more than 2,500 recycling sites on campus.

Mission and Vision

Within the campus community, it is the mission of the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling to promote comprehensive waste reduction practices and provide effective solid waste services including recycling, composting and trash disposal. Waste will be seen as both a resource and a liability. The campus community will have the knowledge and resources in place to avoid waste and manage the resulting waste in a manner that allows for the least environmental impact. Proper waste management and waste avoidance will be considered in decisions made by all members of the campus community on a daily basis.

BJ TiptonBJ Tipton
Program Manager

BJ joined OWRR in October 1998, and is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Prior to working at Carolina she worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and UNC Charlotte. At EDS, she worked to develop and implement recycling programs for the offices and statement printing areas. In 1992, she became UNC Charlotte’s first recycling coordinator and has brought a comprehensive approach to Carolina’s recycling program. BJ oversees OWRR’s extensive solid waste management programs and has helped to develop a comprehensive database for the office which tracks service locations, schedules, contacts and more. She also helped to develop the football stadium recycling program and worked with the Special Olympics task group. She serves as a liaison to Orange County’s Solid Waste Advisory Board. She worked extensively on the OWRR Guidelines website which is a reference for designers and contractors working on capital projects. BJ’s duties now include direct supervision of the campus crew.

Ashley KiserAshley Triggiano
Program Assistant

Ashley began working as the Program Assistant for OWRR in August 2013. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University where she majored in Environmental Technology & Management and minored in Business Administration. She is responsible for tracking waste and recycling statistics, preparing reports and educational material for campus outreach and engagement, coordinating communications and tending to general office needs.

Amy PrebleAmy Preble
Waste Diversion Coordinator

Amy is a Waste Diversion Coordinator, and has been with OWRR since November, 1999. She is responsible for managing the indoor recycling program, promotion of OWRR programs, educating the campus community about waste reduction and recycling issues, and expanding existing recycling programs. Amy’s projects include Residential Green Games, Green Labs, coordinating student move-in and student move-out, and collaborating with various departments on campus to encourage waste reduction wherever possible. She is a UNC-Chapel Hill alumna, with a degree in Women’s Studies.

Jen DeLongJen DeLong
Admin Support Associate

Jen has been with OWRR for three years and previously served as the Athletics Recycling Intern.  After graduating from UNC with a degree in business administration, Jen joined the OWRR team full time.  Jen continues to work with UNC Athletics to bring environmentally friendly and sustainable practices to athletic events throughout the year, with a large focus on composting at Kenan Stadium and managing Rameses Recycles in the fall.  As an Admin Support Associate, Jen also helps with day-to-day business operations.

Recycling Coordinator

Katherine BellKatherine Bell
Green Games Intern

Katherine is a UNC sophomore majoring in Statistics with minors in German and Chinese. Her freshman year she served as the Director of Sustainability for Manning West Community at UNC. As Green Games Intern, she oversees the Residential Green Games program, a sustainability-oriented competition between residence hall communities that aims at reducing waste and energy consumption and promoting a sustainable lifestyle among students.  Katherine serves as the liaison between the Residence Hall Association and the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling.

Drew MouwDrew Mouw
Residential Compost Intern

Drew joined the OWRR in Fall 2016 and is currently undertaking a major in American History and a minor in Geology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He works with the composting programs through the UNC campus dorms and runs the compost collection route.

Green Events Intern

Cerrone BattleCerrone Battle
Material Recovery Specialist
919-962-1442 (Office)
984-234-9803 (Cell)

Cerrone Battle worked with OWRR from the fall of 2014 through the summer of 2015 after moving to North Carolina from Boston. After a brief hiatus, Cerrone rejoined the OWRR team in November, 2015. Cerrone was a warehouse supervisor at the Boston Water and Sewer Commission before joining UNC. Cerrone’s responsibilities include servicing and setting up indoor recycling sites, and making sure that our recycling sites are clean and safe for public use.

Chris BurnetteChris Burnette
Material Recovery Specialist
919-962-1442 (Office)
984-234-9804 (Cell)

Chris Burnette worked for Housing and Residential Education for eight years before joining us in OWRR. He started working for OWRR in September, 2015. Chris’s responsibilities include servicing and setting up indoor recycling sites, and making sure that our recycling sites are clean and safe for public use.

Shawn EllisShawn Ellis
Material Recovery Specialist
919-962-7175 (Office)

Shawn has been with OWRR since November, 2010. Prior to joining OWRR, Shawn was an ASE-certified automotive technician for ten years. Shawn is also a state-certified medical responder and volunteer firefighter. Shawn is one of our Material Recovery Specialists and Recycling Technicians, responsible for picking up confidential paper from departments on campus, emptying walkway recycling sites, maintaining and repairing dumpsters and compactors, monitoring dumpsters for regulated materials, and making sure that the areas around the recycling carts and dumpsters are clean and safe.

Megan Harvell
Material Recovery Specialist
919-962-7175 (Office)
919-201-2832 (Cell)

Meagan recently completed a Bachelor of Science Degree at UNC Asheville where she majored in Environmental Policy and minored in Economics. Before that she served in the Navy for eight years and spent 2 years volunteering  with Habitat for Humanity and Americorps NCCC. She is excited to apply the knowledge, experience and skill that she was fortunate enough to amass throughout her journey towards solving environmental issues.

Ray LanierRay Lanier
Material Recovery Specialist
919-962-7175 (Office)
919-201-2834 (Cell)

Ray has been with OWRR since November, 1993. Ray manages the contracts for outdoor collection of trash, cardboard and recyclables. Ray’s projects include maintaining our dumpsters and compactors. A special skill he brings to the office is his vast experience reviewing renovation and new building plans and working with stakeholders to design locations for dumpsters and outdoor recycling sites.

Craig YarboroughCraig Yarborough
Material Recovery Specialist
919-962-7175 (Office)
919-201-2785 (Cell)

Craig has been with OWRR since January 2004.  Prior to joining OWRR, Craig worked at the Surplus Property Office.  Craig is one of our Material Recovery Specialists, responsible for picking up confidential paper from departments on campus, emptying the walkway recycling sites on campus, maintaining and repairing dumpsters and compactors, monitoring dumpsters for regulated materials, and making sure that the areas around the recycling carts and dumpsters are clean and safe.