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

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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.

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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).

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Cardboard Recycling

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