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How to Recycle at UCSD

Follow these simple steps for recycling at UC San Diego.

Single-stream recyclables

  • Containers
    • Glass, steel and tin
    • Paperboard water containers
    • Plastic bottles and containers with the #1-7 recycling symbol on the bottom (rigid plastic only, not plastic film)
    • Aluminum cans and clean foil
    • Aerosol cans that contain no propellant or material
  • Mixed paper
    • White writing paper and stationery
    • Tablet paper and tablet cardboard
    • White and colored copy paper
    • Computer paper (green and blue bar)
    • Colored triplicate forms
    • Sticky notes
    • Paper wrappers
    • Magazines
    • Newspaper
    • Blueprint paper
    • All envelopes
    • Junk mail
    • Telephone books
    • Paperback books
    • Manila folders
    • Boxboard (e.g., cracker or cereal boxes)
    • Corrugated cardboard
  • Block Styrofoam

What to do:

  • Keep all recycling containers free of trash.
  • Empty containers before recycling them.
  • Remove lids from glass containers and flatten cans and plastic bottles whenever possible.
  • Empty and flatten all cardboard boxes and place them inside recycling bins. (Do not leave boxes near bins, dumpsters, or on loading docks.)
  • With paper, remove metal, plastic bindings, rubber bands and plastic bags. (Staples do not need to be removed.)
  • Place materials in any campus recycling container, including office bins.

Note: Before purging paper files or generating large quantities of paper or beverage containers, contact the Facilities Management Customer Relations help desk, (858) 534-2930, at least 48 hours in advance to obtain a large temporary recycling container.

Other recyclable materials

To recycle:

 What's not recyclable?

  • Carbon paper
  • Wax-coated papers
  • Plastic-coated papers
  • Tissue or paper towels
  • Paper or containers contaminated by food or other organic waste
  • Plastic film
  • Styrofoam packing peanuts, food clamshells, plates, cups, etc.
  • Trash

How to dispose of:

To find a recycling center for items not listed here, visit earth911.com.