How to Recycle at Campus Houses

University houses

Commingled Bins


*make sure all items are clean of any food residue

  • 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 Bin


*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)

Not Acceptable

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

Servicing the Bins

Recycling, trash, and glass bins at on-campus houses will be emptied every other Wednesday if you live East of Union Ave and every other Friday if you live West of Union Ave. You will be provided with a flyer detailing how to properly dispose of your waste with the University of Puget Sound; this flyer will also include the dates on which your recycling and trash will be emptied. It is the responsibility of the members of on-campus houses to pull the recycling bins out past the curb before 7 a.m. on the correct day to be emptied.

If you are missing a commingled, trash, or glass bin, or if your bin is constantly too full and would like to requests another, please send Sustainability Services an email at

Extra things to note:

  • Sustainability Services collects electronic items to be recycled. Small electronics such as iPods and cell phones can be placed in any glass bin (except for the on-campus house glass bins) and will be collected by our team. Larger items such as laptops, printers, and microwaves can be collected as well, although they should not go in the glass bins that get collected by the city. Please send Sustainability Services an email at so that we can coordinate with you to collect the item(s).
  • Have any doubts about which items can go where to be properly recycled? Take a look at our A-Z Disposal Guide or our Frequently Asked Questions section. If your question is not answered by the information on these pages, please call our campus extension, x1560, or send us an email at so that we can help.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please email Sustainability Services at, or call our campus extension x1560.