Welcome to the University of Puget Sound Recycling Program

At Sustainability Services, our goal is to provide a well-functioning, responsive, and sustainable recycling program for the campus community. We are constantly looking for ways to improve and expand our program, and any changes we make are guided by the desire to reduce waste and expenses. Our recycling and waste management programs are tailored to meet the needs and capabilities of different types of buildings and residences on campus. Please see the links to the right for more information on the recycling details that apply to your working or living situation as a part of our community. 

While recycling bin types, locations, and pick-up schedules vary throughout campus, what goes in the bins is relatively standard. Here are some general rules on what can and cannot go in the recycling bins on campus. Please make sure that all items you put into the recycling bins are clean of any food waste.

Commingled Recycling Bins


  • Paper, i.e. printer paper, newspaper, notebook paper, etc.
  • Plastics #1-7
  • Thin cardboard, i.e. cereal boxes
  • Small corrugated cardboard, i.e. small mailing boxes (please collapse all large corrugated cardboard and place behind or near the bin)
  • Liquid Cartons, i.e. 1/2 pint milks, soup stocks, etc.
  • Tin
  • Aluminum

Not Acceptable

  • Plastics that do not have a recycling symbol or recycling number on them
  • Glass
  • Pizza boxes
  • Styrofoam/packing peanuts
  • Cafe cups
  • Tissues, paper towels, napkins, etc.
  • Food waste
  • Wax-coated paper or cardboard

Glass Bins


*make sure all items are clean of any food residue

  • Glass bottles (lids/caps removed)
  • Glass jars (lids/caps removed)
  • Batteries (in sealed plastic bags)
  • Small electronic items, i.e. iPods, cell phones, cords, cables, etc.

Not Acceptable

  • Broken glass
  • Glass cups
  • Vases
  • Window panes
  • Mirrors
  • Incandescent light bulbs
  • Ceramics

To see specific bin types and recycling systems according to building or residence type, please see the links to the right.