A-Z Disposal Guide

Aersol Cans

Aluminum Foil

Appliances

 

Batteries

Books

Bottles

  

Cables & Cords

Cafe Cups

Cans

Cardboard

CDs

Cell Phones

Ceramics

Clothes

Compostable Foodware

Computers

Confidential Paper

Electronics

 

Food

Furniture

Glass

 

Ink Cartridges

Light Bulbs

Metal

Microwaves

Needles & Sharps

 

Newspaper

Paint

Paper

Paper Cups

 

Paper Towels & Napkins

Pizza Boxes

Plastic

Plastic Bottles

Refrigerators

Styrofoam

Tissues

 

Wood

 

Yard Waste

Other

Aerosol Cans

As long as they are empty, aerosol cans can be recycled in the blue commingled recycling bins throughout campus.

Aluminum Cans

Aluminum cans, free of any food or drink residue, can be recycled in the blue commingled recycling bins throughout campus.

Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil that doesn't have any food residue on it can be recycled in the blue commingled recycling bins throughout campus.

Appliances

If you are looking to dispose of appliances, contact Sustainability Services so that we can advise you on the proper procedures to dispose of it.

Batteries

There are two main ways to dispose of batteries on campus:

  • Place them inside zip-close bags and put them in a glass bin.
  • Take them to a battery collection bucket in each academic department office, or to the Information Center

Books

Paperback books can be placed in the blue commingled recycling bins throughout campus to be recycled. Hard-bound books cannot go in the recycling bins, but they may be recyclable through other vendors. To dispose of hard-bound books or more than a few books at a time, please contact Sustainability Services at recycling@pugetsound.edu or campus extension x1560.

Bottles

Glass bottles must be clean of any food or beverage residue and the caps must be removed. When they are clean and de-capped, place them in a glass bin

Plastic bottles must be clean of any food or beverage residue and the caps must be removed. When they are clean and de-capped, place them in any blue commingled bin 

Cables & Cords

Cables and cords are electronic waste and can be placed in the glass bins

Café Cups

-The cardboard heat sleeves from the on-campus cafes should be returned to the collection spots in the cafes as they can be reused easily. These sleeves can also be put in the commingled recycling bins.

-Please place clean lids in commingled recycling.

-The cup itself is not recyclable. Please throw the cups in the trash.

-Plastic cafe cups (for cold drinks) can be put in the commingled recycling bins on campus as long as they are clean.

Paper cups that you find in the cafeteria of the SUB are not recyclable. Please put them in the trash or in the dish return conveyor belt in the SUB.

Cans

Aluminum and tin cans can be recycled in the blue commingled recycling bins located throughout campus as long as they are clean of all food and beverage residue.

Cardboard

Thin cardboard, such cereal boxes, can be recycled in the blue commingled recycling bins located throughout campus. They should be clean of any food contamination and broken down to fit well into the bins.

Corrugated cardboard (the thick kind used for packaging, etc) should not be placed in the commingled recycling bins. Please collapse all corrugated cardboard and place it behind commingled recycling bins.

CDs

CDs are electronic waste, please place them in a glass bin. 

Cell Phones

Cell phones and other small electronics can be placed in the glass bins.

Ceramics

Ceramics are not recyclable here on campus and should not be placed in the glass bins or commingled recycling bins. If you would like help finding resources to donate your ceramic items, please contact Sustainability Services. Otherwise, please dispose of ceramics in the garbage.

Clothes

During Spring Semester move-out, Operation SAVE allows you to easily donate clothing, bedding, and shoes. If you would like to get rid of clothing at other times during the school year, you can donate it to any of the local thrift stores, including Bargain World, Value Village, Good Will, or Urban Exchange. If you would like help finding resources to donate your clothing, you can contact Sustainability Services.

Compostable Food Ware

While there are compostable cups provided on campus, there is not a full-time composting receptacle on campus that you can put them in to. If the material also has a recycling symbol on it, make sure it is clean of any food or beverage residue, and then it can be put in the commingled recycling bins on campus. If there is not a recycling symbol on it, it must go in the trash or to a composting receptacle off campus.

At Zero Waste events, compostable food ware and bins are provided. If you are at a Zero Waste, make sure that you dispose of the food ware correctly.

Computers

Sustainability Services will collect computers (and other electronics) to be recycled through an e-waste management company. To coordinate with us, send us an email at recycling@pugetsound.edu.

Please coordinate with Technology Services (x8585) to wipe your hard drive before disposing of computers.

 

Confidential Paper

There are bins located on campus at which you can dispose of confidential papers to be shredded. These bins can be found in the mail room in the basement of the SUB and in the basement of Jones Hall.

Electronics

Small electronics such as iPods, cell phones, and cords can be placed in the glass bins throughout campus. 

Sustainability Services will also pick up larger electronics, but they cannot be placed in the glass bin. Things such as laptops, printers, electronic equipment, and microwaves need to be specially picked up. Please send Sustainability Services an email at recycling@pugetsound.edu.

Food

There is not a permanent resource on campus for food composting. Events take place throughout the school year that feature compost bins at which you can dispose of your event food and compostable eating materials. Please be sure to use these receptacles when you are at Zero Waste events and do not place your items in the trash or garbage.

If you want to get rid of packaged food and non-perishables at the end of the school year, Operation SAVE is a program that will take these items to be donated. If you would like to donate food items like this during the school year, there are multiple food drives that take place. For more information, you can check the school’s website, and the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement (CICE) to see upcoming food-drive dates. 

Furniture

Please contact Sustainability Services if you need to get rid of large furniture, we can help you donate or properly dispose of your items.

Glass

Glass bottles and jars can be placed in the glass bins located throughout campus: in residence halls these bins are located in central Waste Zones; in academic and administrative buildings, glass bins can be found on every floor, usually near commingled recycling receptacles. Bottles and jars must be clean of all food and beverage residue and their caps and lids must be removed. There are glass bins on every floor of every building. In the residence halls, glass bins are located near the trash receptacles; in the academic buildings, glass bins are located near the large blue commingled recycling toters.

Other glass materials such as mirrors, light bulbs, broken glass, ceramics, window panes, cups, dishware, and vases cannot go in the glass bins. The glass they are made of is not accepted by the vendor we use to recycle bottles and jars. If you would like assistance in donating certain items like this to local thrift stores, contact Sustainability Services at recycling@pugetsound.edu.

Ink Cartridges

Empty ink cartridges can be brought to the collection bin near the upstairs entrance to the bookstore in the SUB, where both ink jet cartridges (from small desk-side printers) and laser jet cartridges (from larger office printers) are collected to be recycled or refilled for a fee. If you have a large number of empty cartridges, you can send a work order to Sustainability Services to schedule a pickup.

Light Bulbs

Incandescent light bulbs are not recyclable or hazardous, and you should put those in the trash when you need to dispose of them.

Fluorescent light bulbs contain harmful chemicals and should not be put in the trash. Please place bulbs in a glass bin located on each floor of the buildings on campus. If you have a bulb that will not fit in the bin safely or have a large number of bulbs that you are trying to dispose of, please contact Sustainability Services.

Metal

Metal does not go in the commingled recycling bins. If you would like to dispose of metal, please contact Sustainability Services.

Microwaves

Microwaves are electronic waste. Please contact Sustainability Services if you have a microwave that you would like to dispose of so that we can pick it up.

Needles and Sharps

If you need to dispose of needles and medical equipment, please do not put them in the garbage or recycling as these items need to be handled as hazardous waste. Please contact us before disposing of dangerous medical equipment, including any associated biohazard, used or otherwise. We would like to help safely dispose of these sorts of materials.

Newspaper

Newspaper should be put in the commingled recycling bins on campus to be recycled. Please make sure that it is clean of any food residue, tape, paint, or other materials that would contaminate the recycling bin.

Paint

Paint should not be placed in the trash. Please contact Sustainability Services if you have paint that you need to dispose of so that we can collect it and dispose of it safely.

Recyclable materials such as paper and plastic with paint on them are no longer recyclable. If the paint is non-toxic, as many basic arts and crafts paints are, please put the item in the trash. If toxic paint has been used, please contact Sustainability Services so that we can help to dispose of the item properly.

Paper

Paper items should be put in the commingled recycling bins throughout campus to be recycled. Make sure that the items do not have food, tape, glue, paint, or other items on them that would contaminate the recycling bin.

Have paper you need shredded before you recycle it? Please see note regarding Confidential Paper

Please note that paper plates, paper cups, tissues, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, and other similar paper products are not recyclable. Please throw them away.

Paper Cups

Paper cups on campus, whether they are from the cafes or the cafeteria, are wax-coated and therefore cannot be put in the commingled recycling bins. Please dispose of them in the garbage. (See note on Cafe Cups).

Paper Towels & Napkins

Paper towels and napkins, although they are made of paper-like material, are not recyclable. Please dispose of them in the garbage.

Pizza Boxes

Please stack pizza boxes to the side of commingled recycling bins or place them in the designated cardboard areas found in the breezeways or lobby areas of the residence halls. Please do not put pizza boxes in the commingled recycling bins.

Plastic

Plastic with a recycling symbol and a number on it (# 1 - 7) can be placed in the blue containers throughout campus to be recycled. Please be sure that the item is clean and does not have any other materials on it that would contaminate the recycling bin.

Plastics that do not have the recycling symbol/number on them should not go in the blue recycling bins. Items that we commonly find in the recycling bins that do not belong include saran wrap and plastic packaging materials.

Plastic Bottles

Plastic bottles should be placed in the commingled recycling bins located throughout campus to be recycled. The bottles need to be clean and the caps must be removed.

Refrigerators

Refrigerators contain toxic materials and should not be thrown away. Please contact Sustainability Services if you are looking to dispose of a refrigerator so that we can help to dispose of it in a safe way.

Styrofoam

Styrofoam cannot go in the blue recycling bins. Packing peanuts and other styrofoam materials should be placed in bags or boxes and left near the commingled recycling bins. 

Tissues

Tissues, although they are made of paper-like material, are not recyclable. Please do not put them in the commingled recycling bins; dispose of them in the garbage.

Wood

Wood cannot go in the commingled recycling bins. If you have a large amount of wood that you would like assistance in disposing of, you can contact Sustainability Services. Otherwise, it must go in the garbage.

Yard Waste

Yard waste produced at off-campus homes can be placed in the yard waste bins provided to you by your city's waste management company. If you do not have a yard waste bin, contact the City and they will bring you one.

Other

If you are unsure of the correct disposal method for an item that is not on this list, please contact Sustainability Services at recycling@pugetsound.edu or campus extension x1560.