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Campus Recycling/Trash Guidelines

A conspicuous part of the campus' sustainability efforts is in the effort to conserve resources and reduce costs through single stream recycling.

All recycling is placed in the same bins and sorted at the Monroe County Recycling Center.

Effective recycling takes a community effort and can conserve resources, energy, and money.


  • ITEMS LABELED 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
  • Takeout containers – including Lackmann's.
  • Bottles, jugs, and jars – Put caps/lids back on; Labels are acceptable.
  • Cups, microwave food trays and bowls, tubs, pails, plant pots.
  • Durable/reusable food containers and lids; CD jewel cases, blister packaging.
  • Please empty containers; Rinse when possible; Put lids/caps back on.
  • No forks/knives/spoons; No bags or liners; No Styrofoam; No prescription bottles.
  • Steel/tin/aluminum cans and bottles – Put caps/lids back on; Labels are acceptable.
  • Durable kitchen cookware (pots, pans, lids). Non-durable aluminum foil and foil pans.
  • Please empty containers; Rinse when possible; Put lids/caps back on.
  • No utensils (knives, forks, spatulas, etc.), or large scrap metal. No batteries.
  • No cans or tanks containing hazardous materials (paint, propane, pesticides).
  • Bottles and jars – Clear, green, brown only. Put caps/lids back on; Labels are acceptable.
  • Please empty containers; Rinse when possible; Put lids/caps back on.
  • No light bulbs, broken glass, or blue- or black-colored glass.
Milk Cartons, Juice and Soup Boxes
  • Rinse, flatten.
  • Throw out straws.
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, printer paper, files, envelopes, folders.
  • Books – paperback and hard cover.
  • Staples and paperclips are okay!
  • No paper towels, napkins, or tissues.
  • No paper cups, plates, or bowls.
  • No Tyvek or padded mailers, please!
Paperboard and Cardboard
  • Cardboard boxes and packaging materials.
  • Clean, empty pizza boxes.
  • Paper boxes, including cereal, cracker, pasta, tissue, shoe, frozen dinner, and other packages.
  • Please flatten boxes.
  • No plastic liners or non-paper packing materials.
  • Alkaline, one–time use and rechargeable.
  • If generated by campus business, please return to Facilities Office.
  • If generated by personal use, please save for recycling events on campus or in your neighborhood.
  • Tape both ends to prevent fire during storage and shipping.

Recycling bin contents that are contaminated with waste must be trashed! Please minimize contamination and "when in doubt, throw it out."


What to Trash
  • Food waste.
  • Paper plates, coffee/soda cups, paper towels, napkins, tissues.
  • Tyvek and padded mailers.
  • Plastic or metal utensils: forks, knives, spoons, straws, stir sticks.
  • Plastic bags, including box liners.
  • Plastics not numbered OR listed above.
  • Styrofoam packaging, cups, plates, etc. should be trashed even if it has a number! Monroe County does not have the equipment necessary to recycle foam.
  • Liquids should be emptied into the nearest sink.

Recycling/Waste Questions

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Facilities at (585) 385-8256.