OSU Recycle Guide

Recycling Around Campus

Recycle guide for Containers          Recycle guide for Paper          Recycle guide for Cardboard          Recycle guide for Special Recyclables

Recycling In Residence Halls

Recycle guide for Commingled Recycling          Recycle guide for Glass          Recycle guide for Cardboard

All Recyclables

Guide for All Recyclables

Tip: Find out where the nearest recycle bins are or download instructional wall signs.

Tip: Campus Recycling can provide recycling bins for your campus event. Click here for more information.

Recycling Around Campus

Around campus (offices, hallways, outdoor bins, dining areas, etc.), recycling is sorted into the following categories. Click to read more detail about each. 

Recycle guide for Containers          Recycle guide for Paper          Recycle guide for Cardboard          Recycle guide for Special Recyclables

Tip: Find out where the nearest recycle bins are or download instructional wall signs.

If you are in a department and would like to request more bins, please see our service request form.

Return to the main OSU Recycle Guide page..

Containers (Plastic, Metal, Glass, Cartons)

How To Recycle It at OSU

instructional graphic for container recycling

Item

What to do:

Cartons (e.g. for milk or broth)

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin
Instructions:
Cut open & rinse, place in nearest bin. NO food contamination, ice cream containers or coffee cups (learn why coffee cups are not recyclable in this video), please.

Glass 

  • Bottles
  • Jars

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin
Instructions: Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Metals lids 2 inches or greater across may be recycled (in the same bin, but separated from the glass container); smaller lids are not recyclable unless collected in a metal can (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, glass or ceramic dishes, labware or window glass, please.

Metal 

  • Cans
  • Foil
  • Lids
  • Mint tins
  • Aerosol

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin
Instructions: Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Loosely ball up foil (learn more about foil recycling this video). Empty aerosol cans acceptable if contained non-hazardous material. Metals lids 2 inches or greater across may be recycled; smaller lids are not recyclable unless collected in a metal can (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, please.

Plastic 

  • Bottles
  • Tubs
  • Jugs
  • Jars

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin
Instructions: Learn more about what plastics are recyclable in this video. Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Only flip-off lids on tubs are recyclable; all screw-on plastic lids are trash (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, plastic bags or wrap, plastic to-go containers, coffee cups, plates, flatware, please.

Container recycling signDownload the wall sign for container recycling

If you work for an OSU department and would like to request more bins, please see our service request form.

Go to the Recycling Guide main page

Paper

How To Recycle It at OSU

instructional graphic for paper recycling

Type

Examples

How to Recycle

Paper
  • Computer paper of any color
  • Envelopes with windows and paper folders
  • Barometer and other newspapers
  • Glossy paper magazines, ad inserts, etc.
  • Paperboard (heavy, non-corrugated paper such as cereal boxes)
  • Whole books and bound notebooks (NO binders)
  • Brown bags
  • Butcher paper
  • White/gray/brown paper packing material
  • Paper egg cartons

Instructions: Place in the nearest bagstand. Staples, paperclips, and small amounts of tape are acceptable. Books do not need to be altered and spirals can stay on notebooks.

Please contain shredded paper in a paper bag or box, mark 'recycle', and place next to the bagstand.

NOT in this bin: Place cardboard in outdoor cardboard cages and milk cartons in with cans and bottles.

NOT recyclable: coffee/soda paper cups (learn why in this video), napkins, paper towels, paper plates

Confidential Papers
  • Papers with confidential/sensitive information

Instructions: Place in nearest confidential cart if you have one, or pack in box, mark 'to be shredded', and request pickup.

Fees apply. Read more on our Confidential Records page.

Paper recycling signDownload the wall sign for paper recycling

If you work for an OSU department and would like to request more bins, please see our service request form.

Go to the Recycling Guide main page

Cardboard

How To Recycle It at OSU

instructional graphic for cardboard recycling

Examples

How to Recycle

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • EMPTY pizza boxes are only OK if not contaminated with food. Small amounts of oil are OK. Portions of cardboard saturated with oil may be torn off from the rest and either composted or trashed.

Instructions: Empty all contents, flatten and place in nearest marked cardboard container (outside your building, typically next to your trash dumpster(s)). Learn more about cardboard box recycling in this video.

Do NOT place in paper bagstands.

NOT in this bin: paperboard or other paper products that are not corrugated.

NOT recyclable: Cardboard with food on it (i.e. pizza boxes (see exceptions left)).

Cardboard recycling signDownload the wall sign for cardboard recycling

Go to the Recycling Guide main page

Special Recyclables

How To Recycle It at OSU

These items cannot go in standard recycle bins, but can be recycled if collected separately. Please read the instructions for each item on how to recycle it. This guide applies to OSU-generated materials only; we are not able to accept from the public.

Graphic of special recyclables

Item(s) How to Recycle
Batteries

Classified as hazardous waste, batteries are recycled by Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), not Campus Recycling.

Place in nearest battery recycling bin (Valley Library or UHDS service center) or request pickup using EHS's online hazardous waste pickup request form.

Compost

Please see our Department Compost page for the options we currently offer.

Confidential Materials Please see our Confidential Records Destruction page.
Electronic Media (CDs, floppy disks, cassettes, VHS tapes & their cases) Collect in a box, mark “recycle”, and place next to a regularly serviced recycle bin (our crew will pick it up the next time they’re servicing your building).
Electronics

All e-waste, working or not, should be sent to Surplus Property via a Surplus Pick-up Request. Electronics are either resold or recycled, depending on their condition. Please see our E-Waste page for more information.

Ink/Toner Cartridges

Collect in a box, mark “recycle”, and place next to a regularly serviced recycle bin (our crew will pick it up the next time they’re servicing your building).

Packing Peanuts

We may be able to collect these hard-to-recycle plastics if they are sorted out separately. Please contact us to discuss options.

Scrap Metal & Wood

Request pick-up using our online request form or call at 7-2925. If you need a dumpster or bin to collect this material, please call to make arrangements.

Special Plastics (hard or film plastics not accepted in commingle) We may be able to collect these hard-to-recycle plastics if they are sorted out separately. Please contact us to discuss options.
Styrofoam

We are able to collect and recycle certain Styrofoam packing material from OSU departments if it is separated into a bag or bin. Learn more in this video and/or contact us to discuss details and options.

Go to the Recycling Guide main page

Recycling in Residence Halls

In residence halls, recycling is sorted into the following categories. Click to read more detail about each. 

Recycle guide for Commingled Recycling          Recycle guide for Glass          Recycle guide for Cardboard

TipDownload instructional wall signs here.

Return to the main OSU Recycle Guide page.

Commingled Recycling

How to Recycle It in Residence Halls

instructional graphic for commingled recycling

Item

What to do:

Cartons (e.g. for milk or broth)

Bin: Commingled Bins
Instructions: Cut open & rinse, place in nearest bin. NO food contamination, ice cream containers or coffee cups (learn why coffee cups are not recyclable in this video), please.

Metal 

  • Cans
  • Foil
  • Lids
  • Mint tins
  • Aerosol

Bin: Commingled Bins
Instructions: 
Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Loosely ball up foil (learn more about foil recycling this video). Empty aerosol cans acceptable if contained non-hazardous material. Metals lids 2 inches or greater across may be recycled; smaller lids are not recyclable unless collected in a metal can (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, please.

Paper
  • Computer paper (all colors)
  • Envelopes, folders
  • Newspaper, magazines
  • Paperboard (heavy paper is not corrugated)
  • Brown paper bags, packing paper
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Books, notebooks

Bin: Commingled Bin
Instructions: Place in the nearest bagstand. Staples, paperclips, & small amounts of tape are acceptable. Remove binding and covers from books and notebooks. Do NOT place paper in cardboard cages, please. Put shredded paper in a paper bag to keep it contained. NO napkins, paper towels, paper plates or coffee cups (learn why coffee cups are not recyclable in this video), please.

Plastic 

  • Bottles
  • Tubs
  • Jugs
  • Jars

Bin: Commingled Bins
Instructions: Learn more about what plastics are recyclable in this video. Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Only flip-off lids on tubs are recyclable; all screw-on plastic lids are trash (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, plastic bags or wrap, plastic to-go containers, coffee cups, plates, flatware, please.

Commingled recycling signDownload the wall sign for commingled recycling

Return to Residence Hall Recycle Guide.

Return to the main OSU Recycle Guide page.

Glass Recycling

How to Recycle It in Residence Halls

instructional graphic for glass recycling

Item

What to do:

Glass 

  • Bottles
  • Jars

Bin: Orange Glass Bin
Instructions: Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. NO food contamination, glass or ceramic dishes, labware or window glass, please. No metal or plastic lids (some metal lids are recyclable in the commingle cart, see commingle guide for more info).

Glass recycling signDownload the wall sign for glass recycling

Return to Residence Hall Recycle Guide.

Return to the main OSU Recycle Guide page.

Cardboard Recycling

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All Recyclables

Below is a list of all materials that can be collected for recycling on the OSU Corvallis campus. Visit the main recycle guide page for links to specific recycle guides.

If you work for an OSU department and would like to request more bins, please see our service request form.

Tip: Find out where the nearest recycle bins are and see photos of each bin.

Item

What to do:

Batteries

Bin: Battery Bucket
Instructions: Place in nearest battery recycling bin (Valley Library or UHDS service center) or request pickup using EHS's online hazardous waste pickup request form.

Cardboard (corrugated)

Bin: Cardboard Cage
Instruction: Flatten & place in nearest marked cardboard container (outside your building); pizza boxes are acceptable only if not contaminated with food; remove packing materials; do NOT place cardboard in bagstands. Learn more about cardboard box recycling in this video.

Cartons (e.g. for milk or broth)

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin (depts.) or Commingled Bins (res. halls)
Instructions: Cut open & rinse, place in nearest bin. NO food contamination, ice cream containers or coffee cups (learn why coffee cups are not recyclable in this video), please.

Compost

Instructions: Please see our Department Compost page for the options we currently offer.

Confidential Materials

Bin: Confidential Cart or Box

Instructions: Place in confidential cart or collect in box, mark "To be Shredded", and use our online service request form to request pickup. Fees apply.See more on our Confidential Shredding page.

Electronic Media 

  • CDs
  • Floppy disks
  • Cassettes
  • VHS tapes & their cases
Instructions: Collect in a box, mark 'recycle' and place next to regularly serviced recycle bin.
E-waste Instructions: Please send all electronic waste, working or not, to Surplus. Read more on the E-Waste page.
Film Plastic & Hard Plastic (plastics not accepted in commingle) Instructions: We may be able to collect these hard-to-recycle plastics if they are sorted out separately. Please contact us to discuss options.

Glass

  • Bottles
  • Jars

Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin (depts.) or Orange Glass Bin (res. halls)
Instructions: Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. NO food contamination, glass or ceramic dishes, labware or window glass, please. Some metal lids from glass containers are recyclable; see the metal section (below) for details.

 

Metal 

  • Cans
  • Foil
  • Lids
  • Mint tins
  • Aerosol
Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin (depts.) or Commingled Bins (res. halls)
Instructions: Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Loosely ball up foil (learn more about foil recycling this video). Empty aerosol cans acceptable if contained non-hazardous material. Metals lids 2 inches or greater across may be recycled; smaller lids are not recyclable unless collected in a metal can (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, please.
Packaging Peanuts

Instructions: Box/Bag them, mark 'recycle' and place next to a regularly serviced recycling bin. Both plastic and biodegradable peanuts accepted (they are reused, not recycled). For Styrofoam blocks, see below.

Paper
  • Computer paper of any color
  • Envelopes with windows and paper folders
  • Barometer and other newspapers
  • Glossy paper magazines, ad inserts, etc.
  • Paperboard (heavy, non-corrugated paper such as cereal boxes)
  • Whole books and bound notebooks (NO binders)
  • Brown bags
  • Butcher paper
  • White/gray/brown paper packing material
  • Paper egg cartons
Bin: Bagstand (depts.) or Commingled Bin (res. halls)
Instructions: Place in the nearest bin. Staples, paperclips, & small amounts of tape are acceptable. Books do not need to be altered before recycling. Do NOT place paper in cardboard cages. Please put shredded paper in a paper bag to keep it contained. NO napkins, paper towels, paper plates or coffee cups (learn why coffee cups are not recyclable in this video), please.

Plastic 

  • Bottles
  • Tubs
  • Jugs
  • Jars
Bin: Slim Jim or Red Bin (depts.) or Commingled Bins (res. halls)
Instructions: Learn more about what plastics are recyclable in this video. Empty/rinse & place in nearest bin. Only flip-off lids on tubs are recyclable; all screw-on plastic lids are trash (learn more in this video). NO food contamination, plastic bags or wrap, plastic to-go containers, coffee cups, plates, flatware, please.
Scrap Wood & Metal Instructions: Request pickup using our online service request or call at 7-2925.
Shredded Paper Instructions: Place in a bag or box, mark 'recycle' and place next to your bagstand. In residence halls, contain in a paper bag and place in the commingle bin.
Styrofoam Instructions: We are able to collect and recycle certain Styrofoam packing materials from OSU departments if it is separated into a bag or bin. Learn more in this video and/or contact us to discuss details and options.
Toner & Ink Cartridges Instructions: Collect in a box, mark 'recycle' and place next to regularly serviced recycle bin.