Below are all materials that can be collected for recycling on the OSU Corvallis campus. Visit the main recycle guide page for links to detailed guides, by bin type. Visit our Signage and Documents page to download a printable recycling guide.

Accepted in Paper

See the full guide here.

  • 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
  • Spiral or bound notebooks
  • Paper bags
  • White/gray/brown paper packing material
  • Paperboard (heavy, non-corrugated paper such as cereal boxes)

Accepted in Bottles and Cans (a.k.a. Containers)

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  • Bottles
  • Jars


  • Steel/tin cans
  • Aluminum cans


  • Plastic bottles (beverages, soaps/lotions, cleaners, condiments, etc.)
  • Plastic jugs (milk, laundry, vinegar, etc.)

Accepted in Cardboard

See the full guide here.

  • Flattened corrugated cardboard (free of food, wax, or plastic packaging)

Accepted at Dining Facilities and Special Events

If you work in a dining facility or are putting on a special event, your recycling may be sorted differently. See the full guide here.

Special Recyclables

Certain items are not accepted in standard recycle bins, but can be recycled if collected separately in OSU departments. Please visit our Special Recyclables page for a list and instructions regarding these materials.