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

Some appliances are recyclable, and some are not. If you are looking to dispose of appliances, contact Sustainability Services so that we can give the item to the electronic waste recycling company we work with or help you safely dispose of things like refrigerators, which contain harmful materials and should not go in the trash.

Batteries

There are two main ways to dispose of batteries on campus so that Sustainability Services can pick them up and recycle them:

  • Place them inside zip-close bags and put them in a glass bin.
  • Take them to the battery collection bucket at the Information Desk in the SUB.

Books

There is a book collection bin located outside of the first-floor entrance to the Cellar at the South end of the SUB. These books will be reused and donated.

If the book(s) you are looking to dispose of are not in a condition to be donated, some can be recycled. 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 one of the many glass bins located throughout campus.

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 one of the many blue commingled recycling bins located throughout campus.

Cables & Cords

Electronic cables and cords can be placed in the glass bins located in each building. They will be collected by Sustainability Services team members to be recycled by the e-waste management company we work with.

Café Cups

Paper cafe cups (for hot drinks) are made up of many parts, each of which should be disposed of in a different way.

The cardboard heat sleeves from the on-campus cafes (Diversions and Oppenheimer) 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.

The lids to the cafe cups on campus are usually recyclable. Check the lid for a recycling symbol and make sure that the lid is clean before putting it in a commingled recycling bin.

The cup itself, although it is made of paper, is not recyclable. Most cafe cups are not made of recyclable paper, and even if they are, they absorb too much food waste and are considered contaminated. 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 a composting bin (not located on campus).

Cans

Aluminum and tin cans, such as soda cans and canned food 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 to be collected by Sustainability Services. We collect this type of cardboard separately because it is a source of revenue for our program.

CDs

If you want to dispose of CDs, put them in the glass bins which are located on each floor of campus buildings and Sustainability Services will collect them to have them recycled.

Cell Phones

Cell phones, and other small electronics, can be placed in the glass bins throughout campus, where Sustainability Services will collect them to be recycled.

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 move-out, Operation Save and the Stuff Swap take place. These programs allow you to donate items such as clothing that you no longer need. If you would like to get rid of clothing at other times during the school year, you can try donating it to any of the local thrift stores. Some of the options are Bargain World, Value Village, Good Will, or Urban Exchange. If you would like help with finding resources to donate your clothing, you can contact Sustainability Services.

Compostable Foodware

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 some events, compostable food ware is provided and so are composting bins. If you are at an event where there are compostable items and composting bins provided, make sure that you dispose of the foodware correctly and do not put them in the garbage or recycling bins on campus.

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 make sure to wipe your hard drive before trying to dispose of computers.

If you are having trouble or looking to replace an University-owned computer, please contact Technology Services, not Sustainability Services.

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 collect them to be recycled.

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 by Sustainability Services. 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 compostable 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 reduced 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 to see upcoming food-drive dates. Sustainability Services is also glad to help you learn more about how you can donate food that you will not use and should not throw away.

Furniture

There are different ways that you can try to dispose of furniture on- and off-campus. Reusing or donating is always better than throwing large items away. Contact the local thrift stores in Tacoma to see if they accept the type of furniture you are looking to get rid of and find out the quality that it must be to be donated. If you would like assistance in trying to get rid of furniture, you can contact Sustainability Services.

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. If you feel that the bulb will not break, please place it in a glass bin located on each floor of the buildings on campus; Sustainability Services will collect them as they check on the recycling in each of the buildings throughout the week. 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 so that we can pick them up to be disposed of properly.

Metal

Metal does not go in the commingled recycling bins. If you would like to dispose of metal, please contact Sustainability Services so that we can pick it up and bring it to the metal waste bin behind Facilities.

Microwaves

Microwaves can be recycled through the e-waste management company that we work with. Please contact Sustainability Services if you have a microwave that you would like to dispose of so that we can pick it up to have it recycled.

Needles and Sharps

If you need to dispose of needles and medical equipment, please do not put them in the garbage as these items need to be handled as hazardous waste. While this is not our area of disposal expertise, please contact us before disposing of dangerous medical equipment, 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 such as newspaper, printer paper, poster paper and similar types of paper products 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? 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.

Please note that paper plates, paper cups, tissues, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, and other similar paper products are not recyclable. Please do not put these items in the commingled recycling bins, throw them away.

Paper Cups

Paper cups on campus, whether they are from the cafes or the cafeteria, cannot be put in the commingled recycling bins. Because they are wax-coated, they are not recyclable, although it may seem like they are. Paper cups also absorb too much food/beverage residue and will contaminate recycling bins. Please throw paper cups away or take them to a composting receptacle off campus if they are compostable (like the ones in the cafeteria).

Paper Towels & Napkins

Paper towels and napkins, 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.

Pizza Boxes

Pizza boxes do not go in the commingled recycling bins. Please stack the 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. The food contamination will make the whole recycling bin unacceptable and the contents will have to be dumped in the trash. Please do not put pizza boxes in the commingled recycling bins.

Plastic

Plastic with a recycling symbol and a number on it can be placed in the blue containers throughout campus to be recycled. Please be sure that the item is clean and doesn't 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 and more sustainable way than throwing it in the garbage.

Styrofoam

Styrofoam cannot go in the blue recycling bins because the vendor we use will not accept it as commingled recycling. Styrofoam should go in the trash. If you have a large amount of styrofoam and would like to divert it from the waste stream, you can contact Sustainability Services at recycling@pugetsound.edu or campus extension x1560. We will collect it and take it to an external waste disposal facility that will recycle it.

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 are having trouble locating your yard waste bin or would like assistance in contacting your waste management company, you can send Sustainability Services and email.

Other

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