- 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
- 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
- Building materials, call (858) 534-2930 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., weekdays.
- Chemicals, contact ChemCycle for instructions about donating chemicals.
- Empty toner cartridges, see Imprints’ sustainability page.
- Office equipment and furniture, see How to Send Inventorial Equipment to Surplus Sales.
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.