On-Campus Recycling


To help us recover as much clean recycling as possible, we have streamlined our collection program.  Following this simple process will make a substantial impact in helping the University reach its goal of 75% diversion by 2030.

  • Please place your recyclables in the toter, making sure they are loose and free of any plastic bags used for collecting.
    • Paper:  clean paper including newsprint, envelopes, copy paper, and magazines
    • Bottles:  clean, empty plastic items numbered 1 - 2 and glass
    • Cans:  aluminum and steel 
    • Cardboard:  flattened and empty (no wax coating or Styrofoam, please). This will be collected in a designated cardboard recycling cart in your building. If you have an abundance of cardboard, please submit an AiM work order to schedule a pick-up. We ask that you refrain from placing cardboard in the blue toter, as it fills the toter up too quickly and does not allow enough room for the collection of other recyclables.

Everything else (including plastic bags and plastic packaging) belongs in the trash

For specialty recycling and responsible disposal of campus-generated items:

  • Electronics and Small Kitchen Appliances: - for broken, obsolete electronics, submit an AiM work order using the problem code of RECYCLING.  For all other electronics and small kitchen appliances, submit an AiM work order using the problem code SURPLUS. Smaller electronic and small kitchen appliance items MUST be in a container for pick-up.
  • University Cell Phones, Tablets, and Computers: submit an AiM work order using the problem code of SURPLUS to schedule a pick-up.
  • 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.
  • Responsible battery disposal:  for Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel-Zinc, and Nickel Cadmium (these are typically rechargeable), lithium-ion, lithium, and button cell batteries, submit an AiM work order using the problem code of RECYCLING.  Please note: we ask that you promptly submit a work order for pick-up of your non-alkaline batteries once they have reached the end of their life cycle; please allow up to 10 business days for your scheduled pick-up.

If you are still unsure as to whether or not your item is recyclable, you can always contact our team at green@nd.edu.  When in doubt, it is better to throw it out.  For non-campus generated specialty recycling, please refer to the Off-Campus Recycling page for drop-off information and locations.

Missing your recycling signage of what you can and cannot recycle? Click here for a printable version. Spring 2022 Recycling Signage.

 What does not go in campus single-stream recycling?

  • Food and liquids
  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Styrofoam
  • Hot beverage cups
  • Plastic utensils
  • Flexible packaging and multi-laminated materials
  • Sticky notes
  • Electronics including CDs
  • Used tissues, wet paper towels, and broken household items – these go in the trash!
  • Alkaline batteries and non-university cell phones - these go in the trash!
  • Toner Cartridges
  • Broken household items - these belong in the trash

Any general questions, please contact the Office of Sustainability via email at green@nd.edu.