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Recycling on Campus

Can I recycle this? …we hear this a lot!  And the answer is often “Yes!!”  We are committed to limiting our waste stream here on campus.

Recyclable on campus

We recycle a lot as a campus, but we need your help to make recycling part of everyone’s routine and increase the percentage of our waste that is diverted from the waste-stream.  This is IMPORTANT!!  Here’s what we can recycle on campus:

Item Description of what we CAN recycle on campus:
Plastics Bottles and containers labeled #1 & 2
Examples include: soda & water bottles
Paper Cardboard, newspaper, office and notebook paper, post-it notes, manuals, construction paper, magazines, catalogues, junk mail, envelopes, file folders, cereal boxes, gift boxes, paper bags, and phone books.
Glass Glass bottles and jars (food and drink only; all colors - green, brown, clear, etc)
Metal Aluminum cans, aluminum foil and foil plates, metal lids and metal cans

Types of Recycling bins on campus

And have you been wondering about all the different bins we have for recycling on campus?  Here’s the scoop: You can recycle plastics (#1-7), aluminum cans, papers, and glass containers in (see the items listed above) in ANY of these bins!!

Description of Bins

Where they are used on campus

Green Communal Bins (plastic)

All across campus with a variety of lids - slots, circles or no lid at all.  These bins should have BLUE bags in them.

Blue Personal Bins (plastic)

Students:  Some of our residence hall rooms are outfitted with one blue bin per room, they are also available by request. Students - contact your RA for details. You are responsible for emptying the contents of your blue bin into the closest recycling bin…and leaving it in your room when you move out.

Faculty/Staff: Many staff/faculty members have these small blue bins as well.  You should empty your blue bins into the green communal recycling bins (see above)

Black/metal with slanted blue lids (outdoor)

These bins have slanted blue lids that clearly state “Recycling”.  They are located along the pathways and next to building entrances across campus. 

Yellow bins with red lids (large plastic bins)

Located behind/beside Main Street houses.

Blue Athletic Bins (large plastic bins)

Located near athletic fields and courts.  Sometimes these bins are used/stored in the field house.


Other Recycling On Campus

In addition to the day-to-day recycling that is used by community members, various departments recycle:

Facilities Services Department: Hazardous materials (chemicals, light bulbs, paints, etc.),scrap metal, large batteries for our computer systems, electronics. 

Information Technology:  our computers (both laptop and desktop) are taken back by Dell to be reconditioned and reused. 

Copy Center:  Our campus copiers have various types of recyclable ink cartridges, the Color Cube printers have ink that has no packaging at all - so no recycling required.

Do you know of something that is being recycled on campus that’s not listed here? …or have ideas of how we could recycle more?  Let us know!!!


Recyclable OFF Campus

And how about the things that we can’t recycle here?

Material we CANNOT recycle

Where you can take them OFF campus to recycle:

Styrofoam, light metals, jeans and batteries

You can take these to your closest recycling center -  Pottstown RSI 

Plastic Bags

You can recycle these at most supermarkets

CFL Lightbulbs

You can bring these to Facilities on campus - they’ll recycle them.  If you’ve got them at home, some stores, like IKEA, will recycle them.

Office Electronics

Best Buy will recycle these for free, including computers, shredders, calculators, ink cartridges, mobile phones, GPS devices, rechargeable batteries, etc.  Best Buy is located in the Wegmans shopping center.

Clothing, bedding, etc.

Usable clothing and bedding can be taken to various thrift stores, including Goodwill and Liberty Thrift.  Non-usable clothing can also be taken to Pottstown RSI.  And don’t forget about Move-Out - our end of the school year collection and redistribution event. 

Learn more about  recycling at Ursinus:


Green Team members recycled cardboard for Sustainable Move-In.




Ursinus Recyclemania