Student Affairs - Dean's Office
Student Handbook

Recycling at Wesleyan

  • What You Can Recycle
    • Mixed Paper

      Envelopes (without plastic windows)

      Computer Paper

      Paper with staples

      Glossy Paper and Magazines

      Colored Paper

      Lined Paper

      Manila Folders

      White Paper

      Newspaper (if possible, newspaper should be placed in the "Newspaper" bin)

      Newspaper Bin

      Newspaper Only

      Bottles and Cans Bin (rinse, remove caps)


      Tin Foil

      #1 and #2 Plastics

      Tofu boxes (remove plastic covers)




      Cardboard Dumpster

      Corrugated Cardboard Only

      Cereal Box Bin

      Thin, Non-Corrugated Cardboard

      Soda/Beer Cases


      Cereal Boxes

  • Where You Can Recycle
    • Mixed paper, Newspaper, Bottles and Cans

      Blue bins in many buildings all around campus

      Corrugated Cardboard (not waxed)

      Campus Center loading dock



      Butterfield A parking lot

      Science Center loading dock

      Cereal Boxes and Paperboard

      Campus Center loading dock

      WEShop service entrance





      Science Center lobby

      Hall-Atwater near Lawn Avenue entrance on ground floor


      Recycling at Senior/Program Houses

      Curbside recycling in houses is picked up once a week by the City of Middletown depending on house location.  Newspaper must be placed in brown bags or tied with string.  Mixed paper (including paperboard and newspaper) must be tied with string.  Large amounts of corrugated cardboard (flattened and cut to 2 ft. by 3 ft.) must be tied with string.  Pizza boxes cannot be recycled.  For more information, contact the Middletown Recycling Center at 344-3526. 

      For more information, call x3788 or visit

  • Composting on Campus
    • E3 has started a house composting program this year in connection with the University, which has agreed to use the soil from the compost bins at the end of the year. If you are interested in getting a bin for your house (program or private), please contact

  • Quick Guide to Composting
    • • Allowed—vegetables, fruits (no whole fruits or veggies), grains, coffee grinds, tea bags, leaves, grass clippings, wood chips, shredded newspaper, any nondairy, nonmeat, nonoily food

      It is best to start the bin with a layer of "browns" that include dried leaves, shredded newspaper, or dried grass clippings. Put food waste ("greens"—with the exception of meat, dairy, and oil) in bin. If the compost is too wet or smells, add a layer of browns on top. You will get the best results from your compost if you aerate it once in a while with a stick or broom handle (just stick it down in the compost and make a hole in different places) and turn (stir) the compost occasionally as well. Other than that, let Mother Earth, heat, decomposition, chemical reactions, and, of course, worms, do the rest!