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What's Recyclable?

 

Paper and Books

YES:

  • all office paper
  • white paper
  • colored paper
  • newspaper (bags and strings removed)
  • magazines (all types)
  • catalogs (all types)
  • phonebooks (all types)
  • junk mail
  • paperboard
  • tissue boxes
  • heavy weight folders
  • paper towel and toilet paper tubes/rolls only
  • food packaging (unwaxed only please)
  • shredded paper 
  • paper milk, juice, and soy milk cartons (should be empty and clean)
  • books: all soft cover, hard covers should be ripped off

NO:

  • napkins
  • tissue paper
  • paper towels
  • wax paper
  • wrapping paper
  • any paper product which has the potential to be contaminated with bodily fluids

Cardboard

ALL cardboard boxes must be broken down.

YES:

  • corrugated cardboard
  • brown paper bags
  • paperboard (i.e. soapboxes, gift boxes, cereal boxes)
Be sure the paperboard you have is clean and free of food waste. Then recycle it.

NO:

  • cardboard lined with plastic (i.e. bubblewrap boxes)
  • waxed/waterproof cardboard

Metal

Make sure it's clean! Please wash out all food containers!

YES:

  • metal and tin beverage containers
  • metal and tin food containers
  • aluminum foil
  • aluminum take-out containers
  • aluminum pie plates and trays

NO:

  • motor oil cans
  • metal and cardboard containers
  • paint cans

Glass

Make sure it's clean! Please wash out all food containers!

 

YES:

  • All colors glass bottles and jars
  • glass food containers
  • beer and wine bottles

 

NO:

Not all glass can be recycled.

The following items should not be placed into your recycling bin:

  • Any glass contaminated with stones, dirt, and food waste.
  • Ceramics, such as dishware, ovenware, and decorative items.
  • Heat-resistant glass, such as Pyrex.
  • Mixed colors of broken glass.
  • Mirror or window glass.
  • Metal or plastic caps and lids.
  • Crystal.
  • light bulbs
  • mirror glass
  • window glass

Plastics

Make sure it's clean! Please wash out all food containers!

Does that plastic lunch container still have yesterday's pizza in it? Don't recycle it until it's clean!

One dirty product, or one with food waste still in it, can contaminate an entire bale, containing thousands of pounds of collected plastics.

This can cause thousands of recyclable items to go to a landfill instead of being recycled.

Cleanliness is essential.

YES:

  • bottles, jars and jugs
  • food and beverage containers
  • screw top jars
  • deli-style containers
  • milk jugs
  • soap bottles
  • plastic jugs/bottles: soda bottles, laundry detergent jugs

NO:

The code number does not mean the plastic can be recycled. It is simply a way to identify the resin, or plastic type.

 

  • plastic "baggies" or plastic wrap
  • plastic tableware
  • Styrofoam containers

For more information about recycling at University of Portland, contact recycling coordinator Sean Smith

 

For a comprehensive list of what can be recycled please visit