Residence Hall Recycling Program
In 2007, Notre Dame switched to single-stream recycling on campus, allowing clean paper, glass, and plastics to be collected in the same recycling container. Single stream recycling is convenient, but in order to make the process more effective and ensure that our recyclables are being recycled, we need to refocus our efforts on collecting clean and contaminant-free recyclables. These necessary changes will be piloted in Residence Halls before being rolled out across campus. This new approach is designed to create traceability and allow the broader campus community to follow their recycling beyond the bin.
You will notice several changes to our previous method of collecting recycling, but three are fairly significant, and when followed will have a substantial impact in helping the University reach its goal of 67% diversion by 2030:
- No plastic bags will be used in any part of the collection process
- Transitioned to a centralized model of recycling collection
Back to basics recycling
- Clean paper, including newsprint, copy paper, and magazines
- Clean plastic items numbered 1 - 2
- Clean metal cans and aluminum food and beverage containers
- Clean, empty cardboard - no wax coating, please. This will be collected in a designated cart behind your dorm.
If you are still unsure as to whether or not your item is recyclable, you can always contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org. When in doubt, it is better to throw it out.
Recycling bins are serviced according to the following schedule and is subject to change
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What does not go in the recycling bin?
- Food and liquids
- Glass items of any kind
- Plastic bags
- Hot beverage cups
- Plastic utensils
- Flexible packaging and multi-laminated materials
- Sticky notes
- Electronics including CDs - which can be recycled through the electronic recycling program on campus. Please submit an AiM work order to schedule a pick-up.
- Used tissues, wet paper towels, and broken household items – these go in the trash!
- Batteries and non-university cell phones: These go in the battery buckets, located in Hammes Mowbray Lobby, DeBartolo Hall Help Desk Room 115, outside the former ITC Building Computer Service and Repair Office, Rockne Memorial Building Front Desk, and the Main Building West Side Entrance Recycling Station
- Toner Cartridges: Submit an AiM Work Request using the problem code RECYCLING to schedule a pick-up. Please be specific to the location, the number of cartridges to be picked up, and include a contact name and phone number.
- Lightbulbs: Designated collection containers should be located in all dorms for special pickup.
With lower occupancy in administrative offices this semester, during this pilot phase, single-stream recycling will temporarily pause in all non-residential buildings. Once a residence hall solution is implemented, the team will quickly focus on necessary changes for office and academic spaces.
Outdoor Recycling Collection Containers
This will replace the University’s existing recycling relationship, and the yellow-lidded recycling dumpsters used in the previous process have been removed from campus. The University is able to supply carts for the collection of cardboard. If your building does not have sufficient capacity for collecting trash, or your building or dumpster area is in need of a cardboard cart, please contact Deanna Ponsler at 574-631-6326.
Continued Campus Recycling Opportunities
Cardboard: Any flattened cardboard placed in a designated cart next to a trash dumpster will be picked up by Notre Dame’s recycling crew. Note: during move-in week 2020, Notre Dame was able to collect two tons of cardboard for recycling! If you have an abundance of cardboard, please submit an AiM work order to schedule a pick-up
Electronics and Toner Cartridges: Please hold on to these items during the pause on-campus activity. Once we are able to return to the collection of these items, you can submit an AiM work order to schedule a pick-up.
Batteries and non-university cell phones: These go in the battery buckets, located in the Hammes Mowbray Lobby, DeBartolo Hall Help Desk Room 115, ITC Building Computer Service and Repair Office, Rockne Memorial Building Front Desk, and the Main Building West Side Entrance Recycling Station.
CFL Light bulbs: Designated collection containers should be located in all dorms for a special pickup. Offices should give their burned out bulbs to Maintenance or call 631-8888.
University Cell Phones, Tablets, and Computers: Fax in an ND Surplus form to request a pickup.
How do I recycle off-campus?
- Non-university paint, pesticides, aerosols, products that contain mercury, and tires: These items can be disposed of through St. Joseph’s County Solid Waste Management. Visit their website for more information about accepted materials and drop-off locations.
- Paper/Plastic/Glass/Aluminum: Single stream is common off-campus but please check your local township for specifics on accepted items: City of Mishawaka and South Bend
- CFL light bulbs: Intact bulbs can be disposed of at St. Joseph’s County Solid Waste Management Household Hazardous Waste drop-off site as well as some local hardware stores.
- Electronics & Appliances: The Solid Waste Management District of St. Joseph County collects obsolete electronics at the District Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) location, and all electronics are accepted free of charge. Best Buy also accepts outdated electronics for recycling (some are accepted free of charge, some are accepted for recycling for a fee). Please check their website before visiting.