emptying a recycle bin

Use the links below to learn more about the services offered by Campus Recycling.

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

2017 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 October - November 2017. 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 2019.

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

As a strong supporter of recycling on campus, OSU encourages all event planners to consider implementing recycling at their events.  

The average individual already generates a little over 4 lbs of waste each day on their own and will generate another half to a little over 1 lb of extra waste at most special events. We offer recycling and composting to prevent that 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, as well as bins for landfill trash. The picture below is an example of what a typical waste station set-up looks like at an event:

waste station set-up

Note: We do not provide waste station monitors but are happy to train your individuals.

What types of bins will I need?

Don't know what type of bins are required? Use the flow chart below to better understand what kinds of waste materials will be generated at your event.

waste flowchart

The request form is also available and can help you understand what types of waste will be generated at your event. The OSU Recycle Guide has more details on what can and cannot be recycled using our services. 


If you are interested in providing compost services at your event, visit the OSU 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))

A list of non-accepted materials is also in the compost policy.

Any event 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. If you wish to provide compost at your event please select the "Compost and Zero Waste" option on your request form.

Training for waste station monitors

We are happy to train your waste station monitors however, if you are interested in training your staff/volunteers to be waste station monitors you may find the guides below useful on how to separate waste into the appropriate stream:

Training Tools for Waste Station Monitors    Template Cheat Sheet and Recommended Sorting Process    OSU Green Event Guide    Click to download a PDF of the Green Event Worksheet

For more guidance on training staff/employees, please contact our Recycling Manager, John Deuel, via email or 7-2856.


All OSU entities are charged for recycling/composting services at their events:

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

    • Each truck can hold up to 15 bins
    • 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)
  • $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. We are happy to assist in planning or provide advice on how to accomplish this! 

How can I get recycling services for my upcoming event?

Use our request form!

All event recycling/composting services are coordinated with information you provide through our online request form.

The general sections of the form are bulleted below; please feel free to use these as guidelines to better prepare for 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 about how many and what types of bins will be required.
    • This can provided at a later time, but we'll need to know at least 2 weeks before your event.

Event Recycling Request Form Button

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

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

Use the Green Event Guide for more tips and tools to make your event even more sustainable. For more guidance, feel free to contact Campus Recycling's Marketing Development Coordinator, Andrea Norris, 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 an event planner, 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 Events Recycling page.

Before completing this form: Please review our Recycle Guide to get a better understanding of what can and cannot be recycled through our system. if you are interested in providing compost services at your event, please look over OSU's compost policy and/or visit our Events Recycling page to determine if compost services are available for your event.

General Information
Event Information
Types of waste expected:
Compost and Zero Waste
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, residence halls with an Eco-Rep, 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.

For questions, please contact us.

OSU Compost Policy

OSU Materials Management Policy for Changes to Compost Materials Collection

Effective as of January 1, 2017


OSU has a compost collection program which, for approximately the past two years, included Poly Lactic Acid based plastics or “PLA”. Many of OSU’s students, 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 at certain campus facilities with established compost collection.

In July of 2016, Repluc Services (OSU's compost hauler and processor) notified OSU that they will no longer accept non-fiber based materials, including PLA produced products, as part of their collection. 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 are effective as of January 1, 2017.

Policy Change

To comply with this policy, 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 eliminate, or significantly reduce, the disposal of these materials in compost collection containers. The profiles below have been developed using feedback about how to move forward with our compost policy and procedures that may affect our various operations differently.

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, non-fiber based cutlery and 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 when planning menus for outdoor and indoor events. Events that fulfill the new Republic policy requirements, involving distribution of compostable “Fiber Based” only packaging, 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 in compliance with this policy will not have compost collected. 

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. In order to continue providing compost collection for public use, building representatives that manage these collections will be required to receive training from Campus Recycling. 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
  • Pre and Post Consumer Food Waste
  • Pre-Approved Fiber Based Compostable Service Ware*
  • Yard Debris
  • Wood Waste

*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 must submit a list of current products 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
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • 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 food waste. Below is a list of 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 food waste in a 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 the department/building occupants to participate.

90-gallon roll cart for composting6-gallon bucket for compost2-gallon bucket for compost

We provide:

  1. An outdoor compost bin or cart (serviced weekly)
  2. A lidded bucket for indoor use - the department will be responsible for washing and emptying into the outdoor cart
  3. Instructional sign(s)

The department may choose either a 2-gallon pail with a flip-top lid or a 6-gallon bucket with a screw-on lid. A 6-gallon bucket will be provided for outdoor use; if this capacity is insufficient, please inform us so that it can be exchanged for 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) and some fibers (napkins, coffee filters, paper towels and pizza boxes).

Worms Bins

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

We provide:

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

Andrea Norris
(541) 737-5398

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 are interested in managing their own compost and want the finished product.
  • 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 or 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 a household yard-debris cart), as well as small bins to use inside your department. This way, the indoor bin can be taken out as often as you see fit and the outdoor cart will be serviced 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 using red wigglers. We provide a bin full of bedding and worms. Then you put your food scraps inside the bedding and the worms will process it. An 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 like.
  • If you are on the collection route, the material will be processed at 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, nurserys or 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 beneficial alternative to garbage and healthy for the environment. Compost your office’s food scraps instead of sending them to the landfill. Help make OSU a better place to live.

What departments are already composting?

  • Ballard Hall - Agriculture & Resource Economics
  • CEOAS - College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Cordley Hall - Botany & Plant Pathology
  • Forest Science Research Lab - College of Forestry
  • Gilmore Hall - Bio and Eco Engineering
  • Gladys Valley Center - SMILE program
  • Kerr Admin. Bld. - Graduate Program, Research Office, Office of the Registrar
  • Kidder Hall - Mathematics Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Property Services Building - Procurement, Contracts, & Materials Management
  • Richardson Hall - College of Forestry
  • Student Experience Center - Student Sustainability Initiative, Center for Civic Engagement
  • Valley Library - Library staff
  • Waldo Hall - Academic Success Center, University Exploratory Studies Program
  • Wilkinson Hall - College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Return to the main Composting in Departments page

Confidential Shredding

What's considered Confidential?

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

If a university record contains confidential information, its removal from an office and 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 to destroy paper records or microforms, which contain information that may be confidential.

Current fee: $0.30 per pound

Confidential materials can be collected in one of two ways: packed into boxes or placed in a cart that remains in your office.

Using Boxes (One-Time Collection):

Pack into a photocopy paper box with a fitted lid or a records storage/pulping box, which can be supplied from Campus Recycling free of charge. Because the boxes will be reused, please apply no or little tape to them. Please do not use oversized boxes or allow the boxes to overflow.

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 routine schedule like regular recycling; rather they are serviced when we are notified that they are full. Use the Online Service Request Form to request a bin or pickup.

For More Information:

Please contact us with any questions about the OSU confidential records destruction program.

Trash Disposal

Much of the solid waste generated at OSU is recyclable and should be placed in proper receptacles. This includes specific ContainersCardboardSpecial Recyclables, and all Paper.

Even with a waste reduction focus, particularly reuse and recycling, there will always be some items that must be sent to the landfill as trash.

Exterior dumpsters are serviced by Campus Recycling on a weekly basis. Pick-up times vary; please view the schedule to see when a building is serviced. 
Note: Trash containers inside of buildings 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 of 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, 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 irregular 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 include the following buildings:

  • Covell
  • Wiegand
  • Withycombe
  • Learning Innovation Center (LInC)
  • Strand Agriculture
  • Cascade
  • Austin
  • Milam Auditorium
  • Bexell
  • Dearborn
  • Linus Pauling Science Center
  • Pharmacy

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