American Studies

What We Recycle

Wesleyan now has single-stream recycling!

Single‐stream recycling means that all paper, glass, metal, and plastic recyclables go into a single recycling bin and are sorted at the recycling facility. Single-stream recycling is much easier for you, but can increase contamination from dirty and liquid-filled items. If a recycling bin is too contaminated, it can make the entire bin unusable for recycling. Therefore, it is very important to empty and rinse and empty all food containers and dirty items before recycling them. The recycling sorting machines will not recycle any container that is full of liquid.

Download a poster, dorm recycling handout, or office recycling handout for detailed information on what we recycle at Wesleyan.  For information on other recyclable items (ink cartridges, bubble wrap, etc.), visit our Where We Recycle page.

SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING (Paper, Glass, Metal, & Plastic)

YES (These items all go into the single-stream bin)

NO (These items should be reused or trashed)

Paper

  • White/colored paper
  • Copy paper ream wrap
  • Envelopes
  • Manila folders
  • Carbonless office forms
  • Post-It notes
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Hardback/paperback books
  • Junk mail
  • Cereal boxes (remove plastic liner)
  • Pizza boxes (rip in half, greasy half is trash)
  • Corrugated and non-corrugated cardboard

Plastic

  • Plastic #1 - 7 (drink bottles, yogurt cups, shampoo bottles, and peanut butter jars); check the bottom of most plastic containers for these symbols: Recycling Symbols
  • Block styrofoam

Glass

  • Bottles and jars

Metal

  • Drink and food cans
  • Aluminum food containers (clean)
  • Aluminum foil (clean)
  • K-Cup foil lids (detach from plastic)
Other
  • Milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Greenware and other "compostable" plastic cups and lids (Pi cold cups are Greenware)
  • Paper cups
  • Plastic bags
  • Dirty or food contaminated items (including greasy pizza boxes)
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Bubble wrap and packing peanuts (see "other" section)
  • Plastic wrap
  • K-Cup coffee pods
  • Plastic/Tyvek envelopes
  • Fed Ex/UPS-type envelopes
  • Carbon paper
  • Paper towels/tissues
  • Paper with crayon/poster paint
  • Glossy paper
  • Pyrex
  • Photos
  • Light bulbs
  • CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks (recyclable in Exley lobby bins)

WHERE: Mixed (single-stream) recycling bins are available in all campus buildings.

 

OTHER

YES

  • Aerosol cans
  • Batteries (lead acid, NiCad, Li Ion, NiMh, Li)
  • Bubble wrap and packing peanuts
  • Cell phones
  • Computers and electronics
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Motor oil
  • Inkjet and toner cartridges
  • Scrap metal
  • Shoes (wearable)
  • Styrofoam (block)
  • Textiles (clean linens, towels, clothing)

WHERE: Multiple collection locations: see Where We Recycle.