What to Recycle

What can be recycled

Mixed Paper

  • all office paper
  • white paper
  • colored paper
  • newspaper (bags and strings removed)
  • magazines (all types)
  • catalogs (all types)
  • phonebooks (all types)
  • junk mail
  • paperboard (thin cardboard boxes)
  • tissue boxes
  • heavy weight folders
  • paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • food packaging (unwaxed only please)
  • shredded paper (in plastic bag to minimize blow-away potential)
  • window envelopes, staples, tape and the occasional paperclip are OK.

*Plastics and metals can go together into the same bin*

Aluminum (should be empty, rinsed out, and not crushed)

  • metal and tin beverage containers
  • metal and tin food containers
  • Steel lids from glass jars and bottles

Plastics (empty, rinsed, and caps removed; caps can be recycled, as well)

  • ONLY plastics numbered 1-2 
  • water bottles 
  • milk jugs
  • soap bottles 
  • plastic jugs/bottles: soda bottles, laundry detergent jugs

(Plastic shopping and dry cleaning bags, etc "plastic sheeting" are NOT recycled on campus but they may be recycled off campus at WalMart, Kroger, Food Lion or Lowes. Lowes will also take take plant pots, trays and labels.)


Corrugated cardboard has two layers with a ribbed section in between. All packing materials and trash should be removed and the box flattened before recycling. Staples and packing tape are OK.

  • corrugated cardboard
  • brown paper bags
  • boxboard (i.e. shoeboxes, gift boxes, cereal boxes)

What cannot be recycled

  • aluminum foil
  • aluminum take-out containers
  • aluminum pie plates and trays
  • any kind of glass 
  • wax paper
  • wrapping paper
  • any paper product which has the potential to be contaminated with bodily fluids
  • cardboard lined with plastic (i.e. bubblewrap boxes)
  • waxed/waterproof cardboard or paperboard
  • plastic 3-7 
  • plastic cups (unless labeled #1 or #2) 
  • light bulbs
  • ceramic
  • crystal
  • plastic "baggies"
  • plastic tableware
  • styrofoam containers
  • metal or plastic spiral bound materials
  • pizza boxes (can be composted)
  • paper milk, juice and soy milk cartons
  • books
  • empty paper coffee cups and their plastic lids