New Waste Bins on Campus

During CWRU’s winter break, 1,200 new recycling and landfill bin stations were placed throughout campus. 

Three major goals were achieved through this project: First, waste stations will now be consistent throughout most of campus. Second, most campus trash bins will have a recycling bin connected, enabling students, staff, and visitors the opportunity to properly sort their waste. And finally, the campus has transitioned to largely mixed recycling, allowing for all types of recyclables to be placed in one bin. 

This transition comes at a time when what is able to be recycled has also changed. Please place the following items in the recycling bin: paper and paperboard (cracker/cereal box-type), metal cans, glass bottles & jars, and plastic bottles & jugs. Corrugated cardboard - like shipping boxes - should be flattened and placed between the new bins. Anything else, including disposable drink cups and to-go food containers, should be placed in the trash bin.  

The new recycling bins were purchased for the campus with the assistance of a generous $50,000 grant from the Ohio EPA, which spurred the project forward. Additional funding from the Campus Planning and Facilities Services division purchased waste bins and additional recycling bins, and allowed for the project to be campus-wide.  

Finally, in areas of campus where we collect large volumes of paper, the paper only rollcarts will be maintained for separate collection. Please do not place anything other than paper in these carts.  

While the Office of Energy & Sustainability has worked diligently to ensure best placement of the new waste stations, we expect to adjust bin numbers and placement over the coming weeks and months. The office welcomes friendly suggestions and questions emailed to

 Learn more about how to recycle right on our recycling page