Choosing the Correct BinNew: Updated printable signs with dining-specific guidance (.pdf)
Photo Credit: Mary Fischer
Recycling has changed dramatically over the past few years. New rules of thumb are:
- When in doubt, throw it out.
- Keep recycling clean.
- No plastic bags or plastic film, except in grocery store collection boxes.
- No cords, ropes, hoses, or anything that can tangle.
Not Sure? Ask Recyclopedia!
Which Bin Should I Choose?
General guidance by material type is below. For guidance specific to campus dining, see our guide to take-out packaging.
|Item||Recycle, Compost or Trash?|
|Aluminum beverage and food cans||Recycle|
|Cardboard boxes, file folders, poster board||Recycle|
|Cardboard pizza boxes||Recycle or compost (b)|
|Carryout/takeout non-compostable containers||Trash|
|Certified compostable products||Compost|
|Coffee and tea pods||Trash|
|Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags||Compost|
|Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)||Recycle (a)|
|Disposable non-compostable cups and lids||Trash|
|Electronic waste||Recycle (c)|
|Hangers of any type||Trash|
|Ink, toner cartridges for large multifunction printers||Recycle (d)|
|Paper, newspapers, magazines, phonebooks, paperback books, etc.||Recycle|
|Paper food cartons and milk/juice cartons||Trash|
|Paper napkins and towels||Compost|
|Plastic grocery bags||Trash (if on campus, or bring to your grocery store to recycle)|
|Plastic lids and straws||Trash|
|Plastic packing materials such as bubble wrap or air pillows||Trash (if on campus, or bring to your grocery store to recycle in the plastic bag recycling)|
|Plastic non-compostable utensils||Trash|
|Plastic water bottles, soda bottles||Recycle|
|Polystyrene (Styrofoam) cups, containers or packing material
|Pots and pans||Trash|
Photo Credit: Infographic by Maggie Del Re