How To Recycle It at OSU

What's Accepted:

  • 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 packing paper
  • Paperboard (heavy, non-corrugated paper such as cereal boxes)

How to Recycle:

Place in the nearest bagstand or bin labled "Paper." Bindings on paperback books and notebooks can stay on. Paper should be greater than 2x2 inches in size (2x2 or smaller should be thrown away, composted if it is 100% paper or can be collected separately as "shredded paper" and processed as a special recyclable).

Not Accepted:

NOT in this bin: Place corrugated cardboard in outdoor cardboard cages. Hardback books and shredded paper are not accepted in Paper bins but departments may collect them separately in a bag or box and process them as a special recyclable.

NOT recyclable: cartons and aseptic containers, butcher paper, egg cartons, coffee/soda paper cups (learn why in this video), napkins, paper towels, paper plates, or other items not on the accepted list.

How To Recycle Confidential Papers

What's Accepted:

  • Papers with confidential/sensitive information

How to Recycle:

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.

Where to Recycle

Photo of residence hall binsIf you live in a residence hall, your room's recycling should be loaded into grey multi-bin units located on your ground floor (pictured at right), or bins inside the kitchens in the ILLC.

Around campus, look for bins labeled "Paper." Inside of buildings, bagstand bins are most often used. If you work for an OSU department and would like to request more bins, please see our service request form.

 

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