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New Campus Recycling Guide

May 18th, 2018

Due to significant changes in recycling markets, certain materials are no longer accepted in recycling bins around campus. Oregon State Campus Recycling has updated their acceptables list so that it corresponds with the requirements of OSU’s local recycling processor. Campus Recycling is gradually replacing outdated signage around campus and replacing it with corrected signage that reflects the new guidelines. Additionally, they are planning a large scale communications campaign for fall in order to educate the campus community about the new guidelines.

What is no longer accepted in campus recycling bins?

PAPER ITEMS:

  • No cartons and aseptic containers (place in trash)
  • No butcher paper (place in trash)
  • No shredded paper (this material can now be collected separately for recycling if desired)
  • No hardback books (this material can now be collected separately for recycling if desired)
  • No egg cartons in “Paper” bins (still accepted in “Commingle” or “Mixed Recycling” bins in residence halls and dining facilities only)*
  • No spiral or bound notebooks in “Commingle” or “Mixed Recycling” bins in residence halls (still accepted in “Paper” bins on rest of campus)*
  • No packing paper in “Commingle” or “Mixed Recycling” bins in residence halls (still accepted in “Paper” bins on rest of campus)*

METAL ITEMS:

  • No aerosol cans
  • No tin containers that are not cans (mints, cookies, tea, etc.)
  • No foil
  • No metal jar lids

Anything that is not a tin/steel or aluminum can is not accepted.

PLASTIC ITEMS:

  • No plastic tubs (yogurt, margarine, salsa, etc.)
  • No plastic jars (nut butters, etc.)

Anything that is not a bottle or jug is not accepted.

What is still accepted?

See the full updated OSU online recycle guide here.

New Guidelines for Corvallis Curbside Recycling

Note that the aforementioned changes in acceptable recyclables only apply to OSU Campus Recycling. The city of Corvallis also has new recycling guidelines; if you live in Corvallis, visit Republic Services’ Website to see these updated rules.

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