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Information | 614-292-1528

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what can i recycle?

The Ohio State University utilizes a co-mingle system (also referred to as a single stream), meaning that all recyclables can be placed in the same recycling bin. Please review this list.

 

 

Supplies & resources

Purchasing | The Ohio State University now has standard recycling containers. Although many units have been distributed, academic and administrative departments are encouraged to purchase additional desk and meeting room recycling containers through university Stores (292-2694).

    Liners
Desk-side container

Faculty & Staff Desksides
28 quarts
Red
SIU #51040

n/a
30-gallon containers

All-In-One Containers
for Classrooms, Hallways, Meeting
& Conference Rooms

30 gallons each
OSU #51010

For Trash ...
Black liners
OSU #45276

For Recycling ...
Clear liners
OSU #45246

60-gallon containers

All-In-One Containers - Large
for Classrooms, Hallways, Meeting
& Conference Rooms

Trash (OSU #51020)
Recycling (OSU #51030)

60 gallons each

For Trash ...
Black liners
OSU #45269

For Recycling ...
Clear liners
OSU #45266

There are many recycling containers in university buildings that are not labeled as All-In-One. With our new university-wide recycling program, all recyclable materials are collected together. Any recyclable item - including newspapers, printed and writing paper, glass bottles and jars, #1 & #2 plastic bottles, and all cans - may be placed in ANY recycling container on campus. Labels are available with All-In-One Recycling instructions.

Ordering | Contact Service2Facilities (292-HELP) with your name and address. Indicate the type and number of labels you would like, and they will be mailed to you at no charge.

3x3 label 3"x3" All-In-One Label
10x4 label 10"x4" All-In-One Label
11x14 label
11"x14" All-In-One Label
What Can I Recycle? label
8.5"x11" All-In-One Label -
What Can I Recycle?

Order trash cans, recycling bins, or front-load dumpsters | 292-3974 | Rates

Tailgate Lots - Either (1) bring your own recycling bags or (2) look for the recycling bags provided by the university. Place your recycling in any of the RED recycling dumpsters in the lots. Learn more.

Education & Training | Energy Services & Sustainability. recycle@osu.edu, 292-1528.

Educational Materials

  • Custodial Handbook
  • Football Game Recycling
  • Ohio Union & the Pulper | Food waste from the Ohi Union is collected and put through a pulper located in the building, reducing waste taken to the landfill and allowing for composting of organic materials.
  • Presentations
    - How to Have a Zero-Waste Event
    - Recycling at Ohio State
    - Sustainability at Ohio State
  • Single-Stream Recycling - How Does It Work? | rumpke.com
  • Special Events
  • Sustainability at Ohio State | website

Hazardous & Chemical Waste | Environmental Health & Safety, 292-1284 x42962.

Overflowing Bins | Services2Facilities, 292-HELP.

Overflowing Dumpsters | Larry Loveless, Facilities Operations and Development.

Recycling Hotline | Energy Services & Sustainability. recycle@osu.edu, 292-1528.

Request a Full Bin Pick-up | recycle@osu.edu

Starting a Recycling Program | recycle@osu.edu

Stores | website, 292-2694.

Surplus | website, 292-8733.

Tip of the Month

Videos
- Scarlet, Gray & Green Video Competition
- Sustainability at Ohio State

Volunteer | Energy Services & Sustainability. recycle@osu.edu, 292-1528.

 

 

general

Where can I recycle? Each living space has a recycling bin that is used to transport recycling to the recycling dumpster. Residents can recycle batteries, cell phones, bottle caps, and ink cartridges using the Green Zone located in residence hall lobbies.

How do I recycle on campus? Recycling at Ohio State is co-mingled (also known as a single stream), meaning that all recyclables can be placed in the same bin together, instead of being separated.
Many side-by-side trash & recycling containers have been placed around campus in common areas and classrooms. Note that the lid on the recycling side is shaped differently to reflect the shape of common recyclables (paper, plastic bottles). Continue to put trash is the other container.
In some areas, where older containers are still used, you may co-mingle all recyclables.

  • Cell Phones | Students can recycle these items in the Green Zones found in Residence Halls.
  • Ink Cartridges, Batteries | Students can recycle these items in the Green Zones found in Residence Halls, the Ohio Union, and RPAC lobbies.

Moving In

  • Contact Service2Facilities (292-HELP) if you need any additional recycling containers.
  • Cardboard Box Recycling | During the September 2009 student move-in, Student Life recycled 28.23 tons of cardboard! Empty boxes of packing materials and contents, throw away plastic and foam packing, flatten boxes, and take them to the loading dock or to the scarlet recycling dumpster for collection.

 

Moving Out

  • Contact Service2Facilities (292-HELP) for additional trash dumpsters for temporary use or bulk waste collection (scrap wood, metal, and waste materials too large for the dumpster can be left at the loading dock).
  • Call several days in advance to schedule collection services and ensure that materials are picked up promptly from the loading dock.
  • Dump & Run | During spring, the Dump & Run program saves thousands of items of usable clothing, food, school supplies, furniture, and books from the landfill. Students for Recycling collect and sort those unwanted items and conduct a giant rummage sale for students during Welcome Week.

Where can I recycle? Recycling is a available across campus in most offices and academic buildings.

How do I recycle on campus? Recycling at Ohio State is co-mingled (also known as a single stream), meaning that all recyclables can be placed in the same bin together, instead of being separated.
Many side-by-side trash & recycling containers have been placed around campus in common areas and classrooms. Note that the lid on the recycling side is shaped differently to reflect the shape of common recyclables (paper, plastic bottles). Continue to put trash is the other container.
In some areas, where older containers are still used, you may co-mingle all recyclables.

  • Ink Cartridges | Contact Ohio State Stores, 292-2694.
  • Computer Parts | Contact Ohio State Surplus, 688-3545.
  • Cell Phones | Can be recycled in the Green Zones in Residence Hall and RPAC lobbies.
  • Chemicals | Many materials that laboratories submit as chemical waste actually are surplus chemicals that are reusable. Contact Environmental Health & Safety (292-1284), which accepts both opened and unopened containers of unwanted but usable chemicals from laboratory and service areas throughout campus and redistributes them, free of charge, to other Ohio State operations.

Recycling dumpsters and drop-off locations are provided all around town in various locations. Enter your zip code to find one near you ... SWACO or Rumpke Recycling.

Curbside recycling (Rumpke) is available. Learn more.

 

 

Why recycle

There are many important reasons to minimize, reduce, and recycle at Ohio State. Recycling ...

  • conserves scarce natural resources, such as oil, water, minerals, trees.
  • helps reduce water and air pollution.
  • conserves energy (it takes less energy to make products from recycle materials compared to using virgin materials).
  • reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions (it reduces the amount of trash dumped in landfills and the amount of methane emitted into the atmosphere).
  • is an easy and efficient way to participate in the university's sustainability initiatives.