Recycling Guide

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Cans and Bottles

Cardboard

NewspaperPlus

Office Paper

Scrap Metal

Yard Waste

cans and bottles

Acceptable:

Plastic bottles
Aluminum cans (i.e. pop cans)
Tin cans (i.e. soup cans)
Aluminum foil (combine small pieces together into large softball size pieces)
Glass bottles and jars (clear, green, blue or brown)
Empty aerosol cans

Unacceptable:

Plastic and paper cups
Ceramics (dishes, mugs, cups)
Light bulbs
Mirrors
Window (plate) glass
White glass bottles (i.e. Malibu)
Drinking glasses
Plastic bottles with recycling numbers 3, 6, 7
Laboratory glassware (Pyrex©)

Cardboard

Acceptable:

Any corrugated (multi-layer) brown cardboard boxes
Paper packing materials
Brown paper bags
6, 12, and 24-pack beverage boxes
Pizza boxes (unsoiled)
NOTE: Packaging tape need not be removed. Flatten boxes and place next to recycling containers.

Unacceptable:

Packaging that is intended for storage in a refrigerator or freezer is trash. (Frozen Meal Boxes)
Cardboard boxes with glued-in foam
Molded Styrofoam packaging
Packaging Peanuts.
Bubble Wrap
Shrink Wrap
Waxed Cardboard

Newspaper

Acceptable:

Newspaper, including glossy inserts
Course catalogs
Phone books
Magazines
Hard cover books
Soft cover books
Journals
Brown Envelopes
Catalogs
Cereal-type boxes (chipboard)
Student-staff directories
Brown paper bags

Unacceptable:

Packaging that is intended to, or has been, refrigerated or frozen (Place these in the trash). These containers are coated with a film that prevents them from being recyclable.
TRASH (paper cups, paper towels, etc.)

Office Paper

Acceptable:

WHITE OR PASTEL COLOR
Copier paper
Computer paper
Typing paper
Loose-leaf paper
Tablet paper
Letterhead
Notebook paper
Post-It Notes
Index cards
Glossy brochures
Envelopes with windows
Envelopes with labels
Adding machine paper
Manila folders
NOTE: Rubber bands, staples and small paper clips need not be removed.

Unacceptable:

DARK OR BRIGHTLY COLORED PAPER
TRASH
Food related papers
Copy paper wrappers
Paper cups and plates
Paper towels
Candy wrappers
Tissue
Napkins
Anything sticky or self adhesive (except Post-it Notes)

Scrap Metal

Acceptable:

Aluminum, brass, copper
Cast iron, sheet iron
Stainless steel
Any other metals
Wire and cable
Pipe
Conduit
Valves
Motors
Ductwork
Metal hardware
Plumbing fixtures

 

Yard Waste

In 1986, the Metropolitan Council awarded the University of Minnesota Recycling Program a $10,000 Incentive Grant to develop a collection system for the composting of yard waste.

Yard waste is seasonally generated with peak outputs during the spring and fall. During this time, personnel collect the excess accumulation of leaves and grass clippings that cannot be managed with mulching mowers. The waste is loaded into an empty packer truck or roll-off box and delivered to a compost lot on the St. Paul Campus where it is managed by Landcare. The resulting compost is used for landscaping needs across campus. Brush and tree limbs are chipped, and the chips are used as ground cover around trees and shrubs. Tree limbs larger than six to eight inches in diameter are hauled to a county chipping site. Approximately 200 tons of yard waste is recycled each year.

Large animal waste bedding generated from the cattle, pig, and horse barns are collected separately and composted. The compost is used to prepare soil mixes for the campus grounds and greenhouses, spread on the agricultural fields, or sold locally.