NOTE: RECYCLING HAS CHANGED! Campus Recycling has been following significant changes occurring to recycling markets that impact what materials are acceptable for placing in recycling bins on campus (as discussed in a recent Gazette-Times article). This page was updated in May 2018 in accordance with our local recycling processors’ requirements. If it is not on this list, it is not accepted in this type of bin. Learn more here.

How to Recycle It in Residence Halls and Dining Facilities

Accepted Items

How to Recycle

Metal 

  • Tin/Steel Cans
  • Aluminum Cans

Rinse and place in nearest bin (labeled "Mixed Recycling" or "Commingled"). Need to be empty, clean, and dry.

NO food contamination or metal items that are not tin/alumnimum cans.

Plastic 

  • Bottles (beverages, soaps/lotions, cleaners, condiments, etc.)
  • Jugs (milk, laundry, vinegar, etc.)

Rinse, discard lids into trash, and place in nearest bin (labeled "Mixed Recycling" or "Commingled"). Need to be empty, clean, and dry.

NO food contamination or any plastic items that are not bottles or jugs (rigid containers with narrow, threaded necks).

Paper
  • Office Paper (copier and printer paper, file folders, note paper, computer paper, brochures)
  • Junk mail (envelopes, letters, catalogs, etc.)
  • Greeting cards (no foil or glitter)
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Phonebooks
  • Paperback books
  • Paper bags
  • Paperboard (heavy, non-corrugated paper such as cereal boxes)
  • Paper egg cartons

Place in nearest bin (labeled "Mixed Recycling" or "Commingled").

NO food contamination, coffee/soda paper cups (learn why in this video), corrugated cardboard (must be recycled in outdoor bins), cartons and aseptic containers, butcher paper, packing paper, hardback books, shredded paper, napkins, paper towels, paper plates, or other items not on the accepted list.

Return to the main OSU Recycle Guide page.