On Campus

Recycling in Blue Bins

Blue Bins Accept:

  • Cans (tin, aluminum, etc.)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper (colored, glossy, office, newspaper)
  • Paperboard (like cereal boxes)
  • Plastics Labeled #1 through #7 (NO DeCafe containers)

Make sure everything is free of food waste before recycling it, otherwise it will contaminate the other recyclables and cause all contents of the bin to be thrown out!

Blue Bins Do Not Accept: Cardboard

On campus, FLATTEN BOXES and take corrugated cardboard (which has a ribbed filling inside two thin sheets of cardboard) to the cardboard dumpsters behind:

  • Wilder
  • Stevenson
  • Talcott
  • Harkness
  • Burton
  • Tank
  • Fairchild (the dorm)
  • Lord/Saunders
  • Science Center
  • Keep
  • Old Barrows
  • Philips
  • Dascomb
  • Allen Art Museum
  • In the mailroom

Note: Waxed cardboard boxes cannot be put in cardboard dumpsters. If you have a box like this, you have to throw it away or compost it. DO NOT drop it off at co-ops as this can result in food safety citations. Glossy and shiny cardboard, however, can be recycled. If you are unsure if your cardboard is shiny or waxed, run your fingernail across the side of the box. If a layer of wax peels off, it is waxed! Otherwise it is not and can be recycled.

Alternative to Blue Bins


When you have a lot of office paper, take it to the green-and-yellow Paper Retriever bins around campus, located behind Facilities and behind Hales. Paper from these dumpsters is picked up by Abitibi Consolidated, a company that pays us for our recycled paper. These dumpsters will accept all office paper and newspaper, as long as it is less than 6 months old.

Also, look for the blue containers marked "Nothing Personal" near the printers. ONE-SIDED office paper collected there will be turned into notepads and made available to students FREE by the Recyclers. Place paper blank side up.

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