Recycling in Residence Halls

residence halls

Commingled Bins




-Plastics #1-7

-Thin cardboard    

(cereal boxes)

-Small corrugated cardboard 

-Liquid Cartons

(milk and juice cartons, etc)




Not Acceptable


-Food waste


-Pizza boxes

-Styrofoam/packing peanuts

-Coffee cups

-Tissues, paper towels, napkins

-Wax-coated paper or cardboard


Glass Bins





-Glass Bottles with lids removed

-Batteries in sealed plastic bags

-Small Electronic Items


Not Acceptable


Broken glass

Glass cups


Window panes


Light bulbs



Servicing the Bins

Sustainability Services provides commingled and glass recycling receptacles to each residence hall on campus. Located in residence halls are "Waste Zones" where students can dispose of trash, glass, and commingled recycling. These Waste Zones are located both inside and out of the residence halls. Within residence halls, Waste Zones can usually be found in hallway closets and cubbies, as well as in lobbies; outside of residence halls, Waste Zones are usually located in breezways or near entryways to residence halls. Students are responsible for taking the garbage and desk-side recycling bins from their rooms to these Waste Zones to empty them. Sustainability Services will monitor the commingled and glass bins located in the Waste Zones, emptying or replacing them as needed.

Extra things to note:

  • Corrugated cardboard (i.e. packing/moving boxes) should be broken down and placed in the breezeways or lobby areas in the residence halls; there are signs denoting the proper locations. We collect corrugated cardboard separately because it is a source of revenue for our program.
  • Sustainability Services collects electronic items to be recycled. Small electronics such as iPods and cell phones can be placed in glass bins to 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. 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.