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How to Recycle


Find out what you can recycle.  Most recycling on campus is single-stream (aka mixed recycling), which means all recyclables can be mixed together in the same recycling bin.  Look for the blue bins labeled "RECYCLE."

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Plan your event with recycling in mind.  Borrow recycling and/or compost containers from the Office of Sustainability.


 Learn about off-campus recycling here.


Keep hard-to-recycle items out of the landfill by finding other reuse and recycling options.

  • UI Surplus resells or recycles 1 million+ pounds of University-owned items each year.
  • UI Printing & Mailing recycles ink and toner cartridges.  Simply send them via Campus Mail.
  • UI Environmental Health & Safety handles University-generated items classified as Universal Waste (e.g., rechargeable batteries, CFL bulbs, ballasts).

What To Recycle

This detailed guide will give you information and some tips on how to recycle on the University of Iowa campus. Look for...

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What NOT To Recycle

These items are NOT accepted in the University of Iowa recycling bins.  Some items, such as glass and plastic bags can b...

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