Kylie Cherneskie '21 and Jake Twill '20 help with Freshman Move-In

Recycling & Waste

We’re all about reducing our footprint - or should we say, “Bear Print”

Each of our buildings, including our 38 residential buildings, has trash and recycling services provided by J. P. Mascaro and Sons. This facility is a locally-owned business that works with the College to meet our needs, and has a great track record with reducing recycling contamination (when non-recyclables end up in recycling bins) and ensuring that their materials find a market and a second life. 


Here at Ursinus, we can recycle plastics #1-7, glass, aluminum, cardboard, and paper. We cannot recycle plastic bags, batteries, plastic straws, or any other items that are not part of the list. Have questions? Feel free to contact us! 

Each building on campus has recycling bins. In residence halls, these are small blue bins, tall blue bins, large yellow bins (Main Street), or green square bins (Main Campus). If you live on Main Street and aren’t sure where your bin is located, check outside your house! At any time, you can contact Facilities and ask for a personal bin to keep in your room, or contact us for help locating a bin or getting a new one for your residence. 


In all buildings on campus, including Main Street houses, trash bins are grey. Our waste is picked up by our waste hauler, incinerated, and the energy generated is used for electricity. This means that we are a land-fill campus! 

How We’re Reducing Waste

We work to reduce waste on a number of fronts, including purchasing less and reducing food waste. Two of our favorite ways to keep items from being trashed are our Sustainable Move-In and Sustainable Move-Out programs! 

Ursinus College is able to recycle cans, glass, paper, cardboard, and rigid plastics (with a numb...