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Recycling – Tip of the Week: Plastics Recycling

April 6th, 2012

Example plastic itemsRecyclable of the week: Plastics

WHAT is accepted:

See images of these items in our online Recycle Guide or download our brochure.

  • Bottles (containers with openings that are smaller than their body) – beverages, condiments, toiletries, etc
  • Jugs (bottles with a handle) – laundry soap, milk, etc
  • Tubs (cylindrical container with a top that is larger than its base) – yogurt, margarine, buckets smaller than 5-gal, flip off lids of these containers
  • Jars (containers with straight sides & screw-on lids) – nut butter, nuts, condiments, etc
plastic shapes accepted

Plastics are recyclable at OSU if they come in 1 of 4 shapes.

HOW to recycle it:

Empty or rinse and place in the nearest bin. Containers should not have food residue on them, as this can 1) create an unpleasant or harmful work environment for people working in our recycling sorting facility and 2) food residue could spill onto other recyclables like paper, preventing them from being recyclable.

Slim jim

A "slim jim" bin is for containers (plastic, metal, glass and cartons).

WHERE to recycle it:

Recycle in a bin labeled “Bottles & Cans” or “Containers,” most commonly a “slim jim” (pictured, right) in offices or blue barrels in residence halls.  See where the container bins are in your building by visiting our Locations and Schedule webpage.

NOT accepted in container bins:

  • NO plastic bags
  • NO plastic wrap
  • NO to-go containers
  • NO plastic cups
  • NO plastic utensils
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO items with food contamination


If you have regular or large quantities of film plastic, hard plastics not listed under the acceptable list above or Styrofoam, we can make arrangements for recycling it separately. Please visit our Special Recyclables page for more information.

This post is part of our Tip of the Week series for spring term 2012. Stay tuned to this blog on Mondays and our Facebook and Twitter accounts on Tuesdays for more in the future!

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  1. […] or Styrofoam. Arrangements can be made to recycle these materials. See images and full details on Campus Recycling’s blog or online recycle […]

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