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Nearly 100% of the paper materials you work with at your desk are recyclable. Active participation by every office on campus is needed to insure that the recycling program will remain successful.

  • All paper can be recycled together!
  • Paper clips, rubber bands, staples, tape, adhesive, plastic tabs and wire spirals do not have to be removed from paper before putting into recycling bins.
  • Trash/unacceptable recycling material includes: carbon paper and stencils, gum and candy wrappers, paper plates, cups and tissue, any type of plastics and plastic wrap, styrofoam cups or plates, pizza boxes and food.
  • Separation of all-white paper from other office papers is more cost effective.
  • Desk-top containers listing the recyclable items are provided by Facilities Management for each work station.


Check with your recycling liaison regarding the procedure your department is using to dispose of c.c. boxes. They are removed daily by custodial staff. Pizza boxes and other food storage corrugated cardboard is not acceptable

Aluminum Cans / Plastic Bottles

Place in marked containers that are located in all public food areas and in public hallways throughout the campus.

Confidential Materials

Quite a few departments have purchased the small shredders that fit over a bin to dispose of their confidential materials. The shredded paper is then collected by our staff on their regular pick up routes. Recycling Services also offers large bins for document destruction when staff are moving or purging large quantities of confidential material.

Electronic Recycling

Contact Andrew Kimball in Environmental Health & Safety @ 726-6764

In addition to sorting recyclables, there are other ways to conserve and participate:
  • Copy on both sides of the paper when possible.
  • Circulate memos by using a routing slip instead of making copies.
  • Reuse inter-office envelopes, file folders, and boxes.
  • Save scrap paper printed on one side and have it bound into scratch pads.
  • Eliminate unnecessary or out-of-date forms and reports.
  • Talk about recycling to co-workers and encourage recycling at work and at home.
  • Use only recycled products when possible: bond, typing, writing, and computer paper.
Hazardous material reuse and recycling should be referred to Environmental Health and Safety at 726-6764
or see the Environmental Health & Safety web site.
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