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Campus Recycling Guide

We accept a wide range of materials at bins and deposit locations in campus buildings and at our 24/7 Public Recycling Drop-Off.


At the Public Recycling Drop-Off, we can accept any materials that we take on campus PLUS additional materials including scrap metal, and plastic film and bags.

Paper

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Yes

  • Office Paper (staples, paper clips, and binder clips are okay)
  • Paper Board (often packaging like cereal boxes)
  • Envelopes (plastic windows are okay)
  • Sticky Notes
  • Newspaper
  • Hardback Books
  • Journals and Magazines
  • Spiral-bound Notebooks
  • Phone Books
  • Catalogs
  • Hanging and File Folders

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No

  • Paper Cups
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Milk/Juice Cartons
  • Paper Towels
  • Food/Beverage Wrappers (muffin liners, Starbucks/Einstein’s pastry wraps, etc.)
  • Envelopes with Bubble Wrap
  • Three-Ring Binders (only recycle the paper inside)



Cans

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Yes

  • Aluminum Beverage Cans
  • Steel Cans (“tin cans,” soup cans, vegetable cans, tuna cans, etc.)
  • Aluminum Pet Food Cans

 


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No

  • Aerosol Cans/Spray Cans
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Aluminum Trays
  • Pie Tins



Plastic

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Yes

  • Clean Plastic Containers (Labeled No. 1-7.)
  • Clean Plastic Bottles
  • Clean Plastic Cups
  • Clean Milk Jugs
  • Clean Plastic Detergent Containers


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No

  • Styrofoam
  • Dirty Plastic
  • Plastic Bags/Film *
  • Plastic Straws
  • Glass *
  • CDs (place in E-waste bin)

* These items are accepted in designated bins at the Public Recycling Drop-Off.



Cardboard

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Yes

  • Corrugated Cardboard (please break down)
  • Empty Pizza Boxes
  • Shipping Boxes
  • Paper Board (cereal box material)


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No

  • Paper Juice/Milk Cartons
  • Food
  • Packing Peanuts
  • Styrofoam



Pallets

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Yes

You can place pallets on loading docks or near the trash dumpster outside most campus buildings.

  • Plastic pallets
  • Wooden pallets



Batteries

Battery recycling is available at the front desk of most residence halls on campus. Ask an office assistant where the battery deposit is available near you. Find out more at our E-Waste, Battery, and Cartridge recycling page.

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Yes

  • Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Sealed Lead Acid Batteries
  • Cellphone Batteries
  • Computer Batteries
  • Single-Use Batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Car Batteries
  • Button Batteries



E-Waste

All university-owned electronics must be sent to Surplus Properties. For more detailed information on recycling these items, see our E-Waste, Battery, and Cartridge recycling page.

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Yes

  • Electronic Items
  • Cell Phones
  • Printers
  • Chargers
  • CDs & Cords
  • Video Games
  • Laptops
  • Computers
  • TVs*

*We accept all university-owned TVs. However, we ONLY take flat-screen TVs without any cracks from the public.


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No

  • Cracked TVs
  • Non-Flat Screen TVs
  • Batteries (place in designated bin)
  • Refrigerators
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Lightbulbs (contact your building’s maintenance person for collection)



Printer and Toner Cartridges

For more detailed information on recycling these items, see our E-Waste, Battery, and Cartridge recycling page.

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Yes

  • Printer Cartridges
  • Toner Cartridges


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No

  • Printers (place in E-Waste bin)