Residence Hall Recycling

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.    
      Recycling Dorm Always Never 8


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

For specialty item recycling:

  • Electronics and Small Kitchen Appliances - For 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.
  • 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.

If you are still unsure as to whether or not your item is recyclable, you can always contact our team at  When in doubt, it is better to throw it out.

Missing your recycling signage of what you can and cannot recycle? Click here for a printable version. August 2021 Residence Hall Recycling Signage.

Recycling bins are serviced according to the following schedule and is subject to change. If your recycling toter needs to be emptied before your scheduled pick-up day, contact Building Services by phone at 1-5615 or by email at to schedule an additional pick-up.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Alumni Baumer Badin Breen-Philips Cavanaugh
Dillon Carroll Howard Dunne Keenan
Keough Duncan Lewis Farley Stanford
Ryan Fisher Morrissey Flaherty St. Edwards
Welsh Family Lyons Sorin Johnson Family Zahm
  McGlinn Walsh Knott  
  O'Neill   Pasquerilla East  
  Pangborn   Pasquerilla West  

 What does not go in the recycling bin?

  • 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!
  • Batteries and non-university cell phones
  • Toner Cartridges