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How & When to Recycle

How & When to Recycle

How to Recycle at CWRU

Residence Halls: Students living on campus are each provided with a small deskside blue recycling bin.  This bin is intended to be used by students to collect recyclable materials in their room.  Students are expected to empty their own personal recycling bin into community bins for each stream, plastic, metal & glass; paper; or corrugated cardboard.  The community bins will be located either in a common area within a suite (1st and 2nd year residence halls) or within a hallway (the Village).  The common area bins will be emptied by custodial staff.  

Students living in the Village at 115 are expected to empty the bins within their suites into common bins in or near recycling rooms within each Village House.  

Academic and administrative buildings: While on campus, students, staff and faculty will find recycling bins for each stream, (Plastic/ Metal / Glass - PMG-  and paper) near landfill cans throughout the halls of academic and administrative buildings.  Corrugated cardboard boxes should be broken down by the user and placed beside or between recycling and landfill bins in common areas and hallways.  

Offices: Staff and faculty should have a deskside recycling bin in their office to collect recyclable items.  Staff and faculty are responsible for emptying personal recycling bins within their offices into the appropriate bins in hallways and suites for paper and plastic, metal & glass.  Custodians will continue to empty personal garbage cans from offices on a weekly schedule.  Corrugated cardboard boxes should be broken down and placed between recycling bins in hallways or suites.  

If your office or suite does not have suitable recycling bins, please contact the Office for Sustainability through SchoolDude to request additional bins.  

Outdoors: CWRU has 30 BigBelly Solar trash compactors with recycling sidecars spread throughout campus.  The trash compactors help CWRU save money and resources by compacting waste and enabling bags to be changed less often!  The recycling sidecars allow for outdoor recycling of the same Plastic, Metal & Glass (PMG) streams that are collected in buildings.

There is not currently any recycling infrastructure on the grounds of CWRU for the collection of paper.  Please recycle all paper you have within the buildings of CWRU.  

When to Recycle at CWRU

Community recycling bins will be emptied on an as-needed basis.  When a recycling bin is full, it will be emptied or removed and replaced by custodial staff.  

Recycling is collected across campus on a daily basis, Monday through Saturday.  

Paper rollcarts are emptied weekly on a schedule determined by need.  Paper rollcarts may be removed from the floor for up to 24 hours when being emptied prior to being returned to the floor.   

If you have a bin that is not being emptied regularly, or that you believe needs to be emptied more often,  please contact the Office for Sustainability through SchoolDude for assistance.  


What to Recycle at CWRU

Plastic, Metal & Glass (PMG) containers should be rinsed out if a sink is accessible prior to being placed into a recycling bin.  However, if rinsing is not available, recyclable PMG containers should still be placed in the recycling bin and NOT thrown into landfill.  Clean containers allow for  a healthier work environment for recycling workers throughout the process.  

Currently, lids should be removed, but can be thrown into the same recycling bin.  Removing the lids enable the containers to be crushed when baled by our recycler.  

PMG bins should be lined with blue plastic bags for identification by recycling workers.  

Paper bins will be lined with clear bags, if in Slim Jim containers, or have no liners in large rollcarts.  Paper ideally will be clean and dry and free of food contamination.  


E-Waste is defined as any discarded or unwanted electronic devices, working or broken, and their peripheral items including:

Monitors (CRT or LCD)
Computers (desktop or laptop)
Docking stations
Floppy drives
DVD/CD burners
Circuit Boards
Mice, Keyboards, speakers
Cables, wires, cords
Digital Cameras
Cell Phones
DVD players
VHS tapes, CDs, DVDS, floppy disks

CWRU has a partnership with RET3 jobcorp,a local 501c3 non-profit that demanufactures and remanufactures E-Waste and provides computers to other local non-profits and schools.  RET3 abides by a “no landfill” policy and funds their mission through recycling of e-waste.  

Through our partnership, CWRU staff, faculty and departments can dispose of e-waste by requesting a pick-up using our request form.

RET3 staff will pick-up your e-waste for disposal at your location, allowing for a convenient, easy and safe transfer of these materials.

E-waste should never be placed in dumpsters, garbage cans or hallways.  E-waste that ends up in landfills pose significant hazard to the environment because they contain toxins such as lead, cadmium and beryllium.  E-waste left in hallways is at the risk of “poaching” by thieves, who even at CWRU, will remove the valuable metal components of e-waste, leaving the other items to be cleaned up.  

E-waste also poses potential security risks if data is not properly removed from computers and media.  ITS provides instructions on wiping campus-owned hard drives prior to disposal.  RET3 provides additional assurance of sensitive data protection by wiping each hard drive using software provided by BLANCCO, the same software used by the US Department of Defense.  

Other (Use Work Order Request Link to the Left for These Types of Waste)

Batteries, paint, fluorescent bulbs, tires should not be put in the trash, please use the work order request link to the left to put a request for collection in SchoolDude.

Lab equipment needs to follow Environmental, Health and Safety's guidelines before being recycled, disposed of or relocated, visit to the EHS site to learn more.