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.

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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: Bottle & Can 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.

Glass 

  • Bottles
  • Jars

Bin: Bottle & Can Bins
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: Bottle & Can 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.

Plastic 

  • Bottles
  • Tubs
  • Jugs
  • Jars

Bin: Bottle & Can 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.

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, UHDS service center or Residence Hall) 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. 

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