Campus Office Recycling Guidelines

The most important recycling guideline to remember at the UO Zero Waste Program does not co-mingle. Maintaining source separation of recyclables helps us to keep our operational costs down by minimizing processing, providing for access to recycling material markets, and most importantly generating revenue for some of our materials.

With this in mind, we ask that you separate materials when recycling. The following guidelines include the most commonly recycled materials on campus, organized based upon the recycling receptacle signage you'll see at our campus-wide recycling sites for paper, glass, metal and plastic. However, we are able to recycle many other materials. For a complete list of accepted items, please see MATERIALS list.



Does Not Accept

White Paper

White office paper and plain white envelopes

Envelopes with windows or labels. All other paper

Mixed Paper

All non-white paper, envelopes, paperboard, newspaper, magazines, bulk mail, notebooks, books.

Cardboard, non-paper items, coffee cups, heavily soiled paper,


Bottles, cans, drink cartons, jars, tubs, aluminum, steel, and plastic bags.

Food, liquids, coffee cups.

Cardboard corrugated (wavy liner between pieces) cardboard -USER MUST PLACE IN LOADING DOCK BINS, NOT ACCEPTED AT BUILDING RECYCLING SITES! paperboard (cardboard with no wavy layer). trash, waxed cardboard
Compostables labelled "compostable" coffee cups, paper napkins, paper plates, chopsticks, pre and post consumer food waste, waxed cardboard no meat, cheese (dairy products), plastic, lids or trash
Other Variety of other items go to MATERIALS for list and how to trash, hazardous waste, electronics etc....

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