On-Campus 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 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. 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 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.
  • 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.

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.

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 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!
  • Alkaline batteries and non-university cell phones
  • 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.