HOW TO RECYCLE THE RIGHT WAY
A lot of us want to recycle, but we don’t always know what items to put where. Let us sort a few things out for you.
First, make sure you dump out any food or liquids before recycling. Dirty recyclables can’t be used. Don’t forget to put food waste into the compost bins around campus rather than the trash!
Once you’ve dumped any food or liquids, separate the remaining items into the right bins. For bins labeled “Mixed Paper” you can put in newspaper, cardboard, any printer or notebook paper, paper bags, sticky notes, and glossy paper like magazines. Non-recyclable paper items include paper cups, greasy cardboard, and photo paper.
For bins labeled “cans, glass, plastic” you can put in many types of plastic, aluminum cans, and glass bottles or jars. Keep the caps/lids on when you recycle these items. Non-recyclable items include plastic wrap, plastic bags, foil, and broken glass.
Lastly, you don’t need to crush cans or plastic bottles before recycling them. A good rule of thumb is to recycle things as you bought them.
For more information, visit the Office of Sustainability’s pages on recycling and composting.
Learn more about recycling from the Office of Sustainability!
Section written in conjunction with Nathan Jandl from the Office of Sustainability.
Do you have something to add to the sustainability conversation on campus? Join the ASM Sustainability Committee or attend a meeting to have your voice heard.