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CAMPUS RECYCLING

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Materials We Accept for Recycling

On the WSU campus we recycle all office paper, magazines, newspaper, aluminum cans, all office paper, plastic bottles, cardboard, phone books and hard-bound books. Every building on campus has at least one or more recycling stations for plastic, aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines and office paper.

» View a chart of recyclable materials (PDF)

What do you want to recycle?

Office Paper | Magazines and Newsprint | Hard-Bound BooksAluminum | Plastic | Cardboard | Phone Books | Electronics | Ink Cartridges

 

Office Paper

Acceptable Office Paper

Paper clips and staples left with the paper are OK. Below is a list of paper types accepted as office paper.

White Papers
Copy machine, letterhead, computer printout

Colorful Papers
We accept all colors, including pastels, brights and neons

Envelopes
We accept all envelopes, including white and pastels, plastic windows, brown and tan envelopes. 

Direct Mailings
We accept all direct mailings, included those that have been opened

Coated Papers
Fax, brochures, advertising

File Folders
All file folders, including manila or pastel

Miscellaneous 
We accept tablet backings, brown paper, snack / cereal boxes. 

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Unaccaptable Office Paper

Wax or Plastic-Coated Papers
Paper ream wrappers

Food Wrappings and Paper Towels

Trash

Shredded Office Paper

Bag all shredded paper. Otherwise, in transport it becomes scattered over campus.
Drop bags of shredded paper into the nearest green International Paper dumpster on campus. Currently there are 2 locations:

  • Devlin south loading dock (2 bins)
  • Wallace Hall northeast corner (1 bin)

Do not stack bags of shredded paper on or by the wooden recycle centers inside campus buildings. Not only is this unsightly, it is hazardous, and against safety codes.

Office Paper Dumpster Locations

Currently, there are 2 locations of office paper dumpsters on campus for your use. Place only acceptable office paper in them, as other items may devoid the entire contents.

International Paper empties the dumpsters once a week, usually on Wednesday. 

Please note: If the approach to a dumpster is blocked, that dumpster will not be emptied for the week, nor can others approach them to utilize them. Do not park in front of them at any time. 

The two locations are:

  • Devlin south loading dock (2 bins)
  • Wallace Hall northeast corner (1 bin)

Questions? Please call 978-3444 and ask for Kari Ossman. 

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Magazines and Newspaper / Newsprint

Magazines
All types of magazines are acceptable.

Newspaper and Newspint
All newspaper and / or newsprint are acceptable, including inserts.

Questions? Please call 978-3444 and ask for Kari Ossman.

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Hard-Bound Books

People can call for special pick-ups or make arrangements with University Libraries to bring hard-bound books and place them in the designated recycling bin. 

Questions? Please call 978-3444 and ask for Kari Ossman.

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Aluminum

Aluminum Beverage Cans
Wooden recycle centers are designed and intended to accommodate aluminum beverage containers only—Not other metals or other aluminum.

Tin cans, foil, aluminum food trays, etc. are not acceptable as aluminum in our centers.

Questions? Please call 978-3444 and ask for Kari Ossman.

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Plastic

Plastic Beverage Containers
Caps can stay on the container.

Our wooden recycle centers inside campus buildings are designed and intended to accommodate plastic beverage containers only—not other plastics.

Do not drop other plastics into the recycle centers. Shopping bags, plastic food containers, detergent bottles, etc. are not acceptable here.

Please note: Food items in the recycle containers will contaminate the contents, turning it into trash. Please do not place food in the recycle bins. Rinse out your bottles to avoid this. 

Questions? Please call 978-3444 and ask for Kari Ossman.

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Cardboard

The only cardboards accepted in our program are solid and corrugated cardboard.

  • Corrugated: This is cardboard that has the wavy inside layer to it. 
  • Solid: This includes items like, snack boxes, the backing on paper tablets and so on.
  • Wax-coated: This includes food container boxes from dining services. 
Please note: Foamboard (ex. presentation board) is not cardboard, and cannot be recycled in our program. 

Cardboard boxes are to be broken down and bundled into manageable sizes of dimension and weight. Masking tape works for bundling if it is wrapped securely around the collapsed boxes. Bundles of collapsed boxes are to be given to custodial staff who will take them to that building's refuse pick-up site, so it will be recycled.

Do not pile bundled collapsed boxes by or on our wooden recycle centers. That practice is unsightly and hazardous.

Questions? Please call 978-3444 and ask for Kari Ossman.

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Phone Books

Phone books are collected as part of the regular recycling program.

Questions? Please call 978-3444 and ask for Kari Ossman.

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Electronics

We recycle anything electronic on campus, including phones, computers, computer mice, printers and office equipment.

If you are recycling campus electronics, they first need to be taken off the Purchasing Inventory. Once they're out of inventory, you can schedule a pick-up with the Warehouse.

Questions about taking equipment out of inventory? Please call Steven White at 978-3782. 

Questions about scheduling a warehouse pick-up? Please call James Sublett at 978-7938. 

Questions about the recycle program? Please call 978-3444 and ask for Kari Ossman.

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Ink Cartridges

Ink cartridges are recyclable. If your office's ink cartridges are purchased through campus Supply Services, you can recycle them there.

Questions about recycling ink cartridges? Please call Central Services at 978-3545.

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