emptying a recycle binCampus Recycling offers the following services; click each to learn more.

Additional details about services can also be found on our FAQ page.

2015 Department Survey Results

See departmental satisfaction survey results and the changes we plan to makeThank you to our customers who completed a departmental staff satisfaction survey in February and March of 2015. We appreciate your feedback and are taking it into account to set goals for the future. See a summary of the survey results and the changes we plan to make.

Our next staff survey will be in 2017.

Service Requests

Click to go to our online service request form

Use our Service Request Form for:

  • Emptying bins
  • Requesting new bins
  • Requesting large bins for clean-out projects
  • Picking up special materials

Use our Event Recycling Form for requesting recycling/compost bins for an event.

Use our Department Compost Request form to set-up compost collection in your building.

Event Recycling

OSU is a strong supporter of recycling on campus, and we encourage you as a planner to consider implementing recycling and/or composting at your event.  

Already, the average person generates a little over 4 lbs of waste each day on their own. At most special events, the average person will also generate on average another half to just a little over 1 lb of extra waste. Of this total waste generated, the EPA estimates that about 75% of that waste is actually recyclable!

We offer recycling and composting for your event to save that 75% of waste from going to landfills.

What services are offered for special events?

Types of waste collection services

Campus Recycling offers recycling for most cans/bottles, paper, cardboard, glass, compost, as well as bins for landfill trash. See the picture below for an example of what a typical waste station set-up would look like at an event:

waste station set-up

Note: we do not provide waste station monitors.

What types of bins will I need?

Don't know what type of bins you'll need? See the flow chart below to get an idea of what kinds of waste materials will be generated at your event.

waste flowchart

Use our OSU Recycle Guide for more details on what can and cannot be recycled using our services. Our request form also is designed to help you understand what types of waste your event will generate.


If you are interested in providing compost services at your event, visit OSU's compost policy webpage for a complete list of acceptable organic materials, which includes:

  • pre and post consumer food waste (e.g. food trimmings)
  • pre-approved fiber based compostable service ware (fiber based compostable service ware needs to be certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI))

The compost policy also provides a list of non-accepted materials.

Any events involving both acceptable and non-acceptable packaging for composting must provide recycling station monitors as stated in the compost policy. Monitors are responsible for instructing consumers on which materials are acceptable for composting, recycling, and trash/landfill.

Training for waste station monitors

If you are unable to train your waste station monitors on your own, see the guide below to help train your staff/volunteers to separate out waste into the appropriate waste streams:

Training Tools for Waste Station Monitors    Template Cheat Sheet and Recommended Sorting Process

For more guidance on how to train your staff/employees, contact our Recycling Manager at email or 7-2856

How can I get recycling services for my upcoming event?

Use our request form

All our event recycling/composting services are coordinated with information you provide through our online request form. Click the link below to access the request form:

Event Recycling Request Form Button

Prep for the request form

Below are the general sections of the form to use as guidelines so you can be better prepared before completing the form:

  • General contact info (i.e. host organization and funding)

  • General event info (e.g. date, time, location, projected attendance, etc.)

  • Types of waste expected - This section is designed to help you better understand how many and what types of bins will be needed. You can provide this to us at a later time, but we'll need to know this at least 2 weeks before your event.


Starting April 1st, 2017, all OSU entities will be charged to use our recycling/composting services for their events. Fee information is provided below:

  • $20 fee per truckload delivery of bins plus $5 per waste container (recycling, compost, and/or trash)

  • $20 per hour if there is contamination to be removed from waste containers

  • Fees are collected to cover the cost of labor, fuel, and waste disposal. To keep costs low, customers are encouraged to minimize contamination through product selection, staffing, etc. Our staff are happy to provide advice on how to accomplish this. Additionally, if a group can demonstrate that they can safely transport bins on their own, it may be possible to wave the $20 base fee (other fees would remain the same)

Request form

Please submit this form at least 2 weeks in advance of your event. You will need about 10 minutes to fill it out.

Event Recycling Request Form Button

What else can I do to make my event more sustainable?

Use our Green Event Guide for more tips and tools to make your event more sustainable. For more guidance, feel free to contact Campus Recycling's Marketing Development Coordinator at 7-5398.

OSU Green Event Guide

For More Information

Contact our Recycling Manager John Deuel via email or at 7-2856


Event Recycling Request Form

OSU is a strong supporter of recycling in campus buildings and for special events. Campus Recycling encourages you as a planner for your event, to consider implementing recycling and/or composting at your event. The following questions are designed to help us help you provide recycling at your event. For more guidance on providing recycling at your event, please visit our Special Events Recycling page.

Before completing this form: if you are interested in providing compost services at your event, please look over OSU's compost policy and/or visit our Special Events Recycling page to determine if compost services are available for your event.

General Information
Event Information
Types of waste expected:
Additional Information
For Campus Recycling use only


Photo of food scrapsOSU composts food waste in a variety of ways on campus, including in dining centers and cafes, special events, some res. halls, office break rooms, and more. OSU also composts large quantities of landscape debris, animal bedding and scrap wood.

Click the following links to learn more about each.

For questions, please contact us.

OSU Compost Policy

OSU Materials Management Policy for Changes to Compost Materials Collection

To be in effect January 1, 2017


For approximately the past two years, OSU has developed a composting collection program that includes the material referred to as “PLA” which stands for poly lactic acid based plastics. Many of OSU’s student, faculty and staff have come to consider food utensils and cups that are produced using this technology as acceptable in the composting stream and have sorted these as compost at special events, and certain facilities on campus where separate compost collection has been established.

In a letter sent from OSU’s current compost hauler and processor, Republic Services in July 2016, the acceptance of non-fiber based materials, including PLA produced products, will no longer be accepted as part of their collection policy.  These changes will be enforced through potential penalties to OSU and those it services for compost collection, including being charged disposal fees for loads of compost materials that don’t meet Republic’s new standards. These new acceptance standards will go into effect on January 1, 2017.

Policy Change

To comply with this policy, effective January 1, 2017, OSU Campus Recycling will no longer accept non-fiber based materials, including products containing PLA, in the current compost program. It is recognized that this policy has a significant impact on current operations where the sale of food is involved, particularly dining halls, contracted food vendors, and catered events, both by OSU Catering and outside vendors. Campus Recycling will work closely with all food managers and their staff to help transition toward eliminating, and at least significantly reducing the disposal of these materials in compost collection containers. As this may affect our various operations differently, and having gained helpful feedback about how to move forward with our compost policy and procedures, we have developed the below profiles.

Dining Halls

All Campus Dining Halls will move to “back of house” only separation of food leftovers from consumer sales. All staff will be trained to separate out any plastic or non-fiber based cutlery or plastic cups. Pre-sorting by consumers at the point of disposal is not encouraged unless there are monitors guiding consumers at compost disposal locations.

Catered Events

All event planners are encouraged to use low packaging or ”zero” waste guidelines to plan menus for outdoor and indoor events. Events that involve distribution of compostable packaging that fulfill the new Republic policy requirements as “Fiber Based”* ONLY, will be provided compost collection bins and carts by Campus Recycling. Any events involving both acceptable and non-acceptable packaging (see below) for composting must provide recycling station monitors. Monitors are responsible for instructing consumers on which materials are acceptable for composting, recycling and trash/landfill.

OSU Food Vendors Contracted by OSU

OSU Contract Managers are encouraged to review the current contract requirements for all vendors that are selling or distributing food on the OSU Campus. As soon as possible, contracts should stipulate the requirements of this policy as part of the vendor’s terms for successfully fulfilling the contract. Current vendors that have adopted the use of all acceptable fiber based packaging materials will be encouraged to participate in OSU’s composting collection program. Vendors that are not complying with this policy will not have compost collected after January 1, 2017. 

Public Area Composting

Areas of Campus such as Valley Library and North Porch Café that host and manage compost collection in public spaces will no longer accept serving ware of any type in their compost. Building occupants and visitors should be directed to place these items in the trash bins. All signage and bins should be modified to reflect this change no later than January 1, 2017. Building representatives that manage these collections will be required to receive training from Campus Recycling in order to continue providing for public area compost collection. Contact us to learn about training opportunities.

Other Managers or designated staff of event venues such as the Memorial Union, LaSells Stewart Center and CH2M Hill Alumni Center that provide ongoing public area compost collection will also be required to modify their collection and receive training.

Campuswide Compost Acceptance Guidelines

Acceptable Organic Materials
  • Yard Debris
  • Pre and Post Consumer Food Waste
  • Wood Waste
  • Pre-Approved Fiber Based Compostable Service Ware*

*Compostable Service Ware: Fiber Based Compostable service ware (including cups, plates, knives, forks, spoons, etc) are approved for commercial customers only. Fiber Based Compostable service ware needs to be certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). A list of BPI certified products and distributors can be found at Commercial customers will submit a list of products in use to their account manager one month prior to submitting materials for processing. Customers will be notified if products in their waste stream are incompatible with the PRC normal operational procedures and will be asked to exclude those products within 30 days of notification.

A list of pre-approved service ware is available here and is currently under development (more will be added).

Non-Accepted Materials
  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Shrink Wrap
  • Wax Coated Paper (including waxed cardboard)
  • Painted or Treated Wood
  • Wood with Laminates, Glues, or Resins
  • Street Sweepings (or leaves collected off of the curb)
  • Non-Food Industrial Waste
  • Non-Approved Compostable Products*

For More Information

Contact John Deuel via email or 541-737-2856.

Composting in Departments

Campus Recycling works with departments and buildings on the Corvallis campus to compost organic waste. Below is a list of your options; please review them and then contact us to make arrangements for what will work best for you and your department.

Departmental Compost Options

Collection Route

Collect your organic waste in your break room and dump it into an outdoor compost cart that we service. This option is great for those who are in larger departments and are willing to engage their department/building occupants to participate.

90-gallon roll cart for composting2-gallon bucket for compost6-gallon bucket for compost

We provide:

  1. An outdoor compost bin or cart (which we service once per week)
  2. A lidded bucket you use indoors and empty into the outdoor cart (which the department will be responsible for washing and emptying)
  3. Instructional sign(s)

Your department may choose between a 2-gallon pail with a flip-top lid, and a 6-gallon bucket with a screw-on lid. We will provide you with a 6-gallon bucket for outdoor use; if this capacity is insufficient, contact us and we will switch it out with a 90-gallon roll-cart.

You provide:

  1. Help communicating with and engaging your department/building so the bin is utilized (via emailing, signage, presentations, word-of-mouth, etc) 
  2. A designated person to maintain the indoor bucket (empty about 2 times per week, wash container periodically)

What is accepted: All food waste (including animal products), fibers (napkins, coffee filters, paper towels, pizza boxes, etc), and (labeled as such)compostable serving ware 

Worms Bins

worm bin

Use red wigglers to break down your waste. This option is great for those who would like to manage their own composting and want the finished compost.

We provide:

  1. A ready-to-go worm bin with sign(s)
  2. Additional bedding (shredded paper) if/when needed 
  3. A care guide and answers to your questions

You provide: A designated person to maintain the bin (bury food, add bedding, harvest)

What is accepted: Non-animal food waste (no meat/dairy/eggs), paper napkins, paper towels, cardboard


Your question may already be answered on our FAQ page.

To Sign-Up:

Fill out our department compost request form.

For More Information:

Kyle Reed, Student Outreach Assistant

Department Compost Request

Please enter your first and last name.
Please enter your OSU phone number.
Please provide the name(s) of the departments who will be using the compost bin.
Select the option you would like for your department.
Please provide the building and room number where you would like the bin located.
We can provide informational, instructional wall signage that you can hang above your bin.
Include any additional comments or notes, if needed.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Department Compost FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Which option is right for me?

  • Worm bins are great for those who want the finished compost and are interested in managing their own composting.
  • The collection route is great for those who are in larger departments and are willing to engage their department/building occupants to participate.

Will my compost bin start to smell and attract pests?

We believe that by removing your food waste from open trash cans and instead containing it in a lidded bin, you are less likely to encourage smells and attract pests. Secondly, if you are using a worm bin, you control how often your compost is emptied, whereas you typically cannot control how often your trash is removed.

If you are on our collection route, we provide a large cart just outside your building (much like your yard debris cart at home), along with small bins to use inside your department. That way, your indoor bin could be taken out by you however often you would like (and we would service the outdoor cart once a week).

What exactly is a worm bin?

Worm composting is a method for recycling food waste into a rich, dark, earthy-smelling soil conditioner. We will provide the bin for you,  which will be filled with bedding and some worms. Then you put your food scraps inside the bedding and the worms will process it. The advantage of worm composting is that you can keep the worm castings, which is one of the best and cheapest soil amendments for your garden. Also, if taken care of properly, worm bins won’t smell or attract pests. We will provide a list with tips and tricks to maintain a healthy worm bin.

Where will my compost go?

  • If you use a worm bin, the finished compost can be used however you would like.
  • If you are on our collection route, your material will be processed at our the Pacific Region Compost Facility, located about 11 miles north of Corvallis. There it will be mixed with yard debris and wood waste and made into a product that can be purchased by local farms and nurserys as well as private individuals.

Why should we compost in our department?

Composting is a topic of growing interest throughout the country for several reasons. The landfills around the country are starting to fill up and become more and more expensive. Composting is a cheap alternative for you and healthy for the environment. Compost your office’s food scraps instead of sending them to the landfill. You'll help to make OSU a better place to live.

What departments are already composting?

  • Adams Hall - University Marketing
  • Agricultural Life Sciences Hall - Horticulture
  • Ballard Hall - Agriculture & Resource Economics
  • Cordley Hall - Botany & Plant Pathology, Integrated Plant Protection Center
  • Covell Hall - Pre-college Programs
  • Forest Science Research Lab - College of Forestry
  • Furman Hall - College of Education
  • Gilmore Hall - Bio and Eco Engineering
  • Gladys Valley Center - SMILE program
  • Hallie Ford Center
  • Hovland Hall - Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Kerr Admin. Bld. - Graduate School, EESC, Office of the Regristar
  • MilamHall - Nutrition
  • Native American Longhouse (Eena Haws)
  • Oak Creek Building - Sustainability Office
  • Plageman Hall - Student Health Services
  • Pride Center
  • Property Services Building - Business Services
  • Richardson Hall - College of Forestry
  • Snell Hall - ASOSU & Center for Civic Engagement
  • Strand Agricultural Hall - Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
  • The Valley Library
  • Waldo Hall - Academic Success Center & Ombuds
  • Weniger Hall - Biology Greenhouses
  • Wilkinson Hall - CEOAS
  • Women's Center

Return to the main Composting in Departments page

Confidential Shredding

What are Confidential Records?

Confidential materials are records that contain confidential information elements such as social security numbers, home addresses, and other personal privacy information.

If university records contain confidential information, their removal from the office and their destruction must receive special care. OAR 166-30-060(2) stipulates that "Records which are confidential by law . . . must be destroyed by shredding, pulping, or incineration."

How to Dispose of Your Confidential Records

shredded paper

In order to make the destruction of confidential records both convenient and reliable, the Oregon State University Campus Recycling Program provides services for departments needing to destroy paper records or microforms, which contain information that may be confidential.

Current fee: $0.30 per pound

You can collect your confidential materials in one of two ways: pack it into boxes or request a cart to remain in your office.

Using Boxes (One-Time Collection):

Pack into a photocopy paper box, a box with a lid the size of a photocopy paper box or a records storage/pulping box, which can be purchased from office supply companies or bought used from Campus Recycling for $0.50 each. Because the boxes will be reused, please apply no or little tape to them. Please do not overfill the boxes or use oversized boxes.

Each box should be labeled with the following information:

  • Office name
  • Name and telephone number of a contact person
  • Index to be charged

Request boxes or a pickup using our Online Service Request Form.

Using Roll Carts (For Continuous Collection):confidential cart

For offices that continuously generate confidential material, Campus Recycling also has locking 30 gallon roll carts available to place in department offices. These are not serviced on a regular schedule like your other recycling; rather they are serviced when you notify us they are full. Use our Online Service Request Form to request a bin or pickup.

For More Information:

If you have questions about the OSU confidential records destruction program, please contact us.

Trash Disposal

Much of the solid waste generated at OSU is recyclable and should be placed in proper receptacles. This includes specific Containers and all PaperCardboard and Special Recyclables.

While we focus on waste reduction, particularly reuse and recycling, there will always be some items that must be send to the landfill as trash.

Exterior dumpsters are serviced by Campus Recycling on a weekly basis. Pick-up times vary; view the schedule to see when your building is serviced. Note that we do not service trash containers inside of buildings, which are handled by Facilities Services.

Service fees may apply. 

Not Accepted in the Trash

Along with recyclable items, there are other materials that can not be placed in the trash. This includes:

Any property owned by the university; departments must go through Surplus Property to dispose any OSU owned property and equipment.

Material that is considered hazardous by Coffun Butte Landfil or Environmental Health and Safety. Contact EHS for proper disposal. Examples include:

  • Fluorescent or HID tubes
  • Any Flammable, corrosive, or reactive wastes
  • Free liquid (more than 25 gallons per load)
  • Whole tires
  • Electrical switches containing arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, or silver
  • All medical, biological, pathological, and pharmaceutical wastes and sharps
  • Petroleum contaminated material including soil, asphalt, concrete, and wood waste
  • Toxic wastes (by TCLP test)
  • Used motor oil
  • Large metal-jacketed appliances
  • Electrical transformers, ballasts capacitors, or pumps containing PCB liquids
  • Enclosed containers that have not been triple-rinsed, crushed, or cut open
  • Asbestos (without prior approval and appointment)

Questions about odd or unusual items? Please contact us.

"All in the Hall" Program

All in the Hall graphic

About the Program

ALL IN THE HALL is a program started by Campus Recycling to increase the recycling rate at OSU. A pilot program took place in spring term 2014 in Cordley, Gilbert, Gilfillan Auditorium and Weniger (results are shown below). The program has since been expanded to also include Austin, Covell, Wiegand, Withycombe, Cascade, Strand, Milam Auditorium, and the LInC.

The goal of ALL IN THE HALL is to increase recycling by providing equal opportunity to recycle or landfill waste. To achieve this, recycling must always be paired with trash, and because placing a recycling bin in every classroom isn't feasible, trash cans are removed from classrooms and replaced with convenient, centralized waste receptacles that are then all in the hall.

This program is coordinated by Campus Recycling in partnership with Facilities Services and GCA Services, with additional support from our Fire Marshall and Capital Planning and Development.

Spring 2014 Pilot Program Results

The recycling rate increased during the pilot.Campus Recycling audited waste from the hallway units in Cordley, Gilbert, Gilfillan Auditorium and Weniger throughout the course of the spring term in order to assess the effectiveness of the model. An average recycling rate of 29.4% was found across the four buildings, with a slight increase shown once additional signage was added (see graph on right).

The amount of recycling found in the trash decreased from the previous year.Alongside this, the amount of recyclables found in trash decreased substantially from the previous year, from a range of 32-59%, down to an average of 1.5% (see figure on left).

Read the full report for more information and results.

For More Information

Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator
(541) 737-5398