Step 1:  Understand what Materials can be Recycled

PAPER

Computer & Copier Paper, Stationery, Newspaper/Brown Paper Bags, Colored Paper, Junk Mail/Envelopes, Magazines & Catalogs, Phone Books/Soft Cover Books, Paperback Books, Hardback Books *

Note: Staples, Clips, Tape, and Window Envelopes are acceptable. * Remove the hard cover from the book before placing in the recycling bins.

GLASS

Jugs/Jars/Bottles made of glass. Brown, clear and green glass are all accepted.

Note: Questionable items also permitted in bins consist of stamps, address labels, tape wire, metal fasteners, rubber bands, plastic spiral bindings, and plastic tabs.

PLASTIC

Narrow-Neck Plastic Bottles (no caps), Laundry Detergent & Bleach Jugs, Juice Boxes/Milk Cartons or Jugs/Shampoo Bottles, Plastic Bags, Aseptic Packaging Jugs/Jars/Bottles made of plastic

Note: Questionable items also permitted in bins consist of stamps, address labels, tape wire, metal fasteners, rubber bands, plastic spiral bindings, and plastic tabs.

METALS

Metal Cans (tin/steel/aluminum), Clean Aluminum Foil, Jugs/Jars/Bottles made metal

Note: Questionable items also permitted in bins consist of stamps, address labels, tape wire, metal fasteners, rubber bands, plastic spiral bindings, and plastic tabs.

CARDBOARD

Flat single-layer paperboard (cereal/tissue boxes), Multi-layered, wavy-core corrugated cardboard.

Note: Tape, Staples and Labels are acceptable
Restrictions: Waxed Cardboard, Plastic Liners, Foam Peanuts, Polystyrene End Caps

AVOIDING CONTAMINATION

Let's Talk Trash.

The University of Delaware participates in the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's single stream recycling program. Follow the guidelines below to avoid contaminating the University's recycling stream:

  • Although there is no need to place recyclables into bags prior to putting them in bins, translucent and untied plastic bags must be used.
  • Black plastic bags cannot be used to dispose of recyclables.
  • Do not place non-recyclable items, trash, food scraps or other banned items in the recycling containers. This causes the disposal of other recyclable items.
  • Boxes that are not "broken down" or flattened take up space and increase the cost of recycling as more trips are needed to remove recyclables. Do your part and BREAK DOWN cardboard boxes!

Step 2: Properly Dispose of Recycling Material

In order to maintain the university single stream recycling system, users must:

Step 3: Learn How To Avoid Contamination

The University of Delaware participates in the Delaware State Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) Single Stream Recycling program. In order for the University to continue to participate in DSWA's recycling program it must keep contamination (placement on trash and other non-recyclable items in single stream containers).

As a campus community, we need to make sure recyclables are deposited loose in the bin, and that trash doesn't make its way into the bins and dumpsters. Any bagged recyclables or food will contaminate the single stream, and jeopardize the viability of Single Stream Recycling Program.

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