Lawrence contracts Waste Management as it's official waste hauler. Trash and recycling dumpsters can be found near every major on-campus residence. See the guide below for recycling tips.

What Can I Recycle?

  • Aluminum and Tin Cans (soup cans)
  • Aluminum Foil (clean of food products)
  • Flattened Cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Office Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Paperboard (cereal boxes)
  • Dairy and Juice Cartons (orange juice cartons)
  • Glass (clear, brown, green)
  • Plastic Bottles, Jars, Jugs (soda bottles, milk jugs) (clean of food products)

What Cannot be Recycled?

  • Bagged Recyclables* (items must be removed from bag before putting in dumpster)
  • Food or Liquids
  • Foam Cups or Containers
  • Loose Plastic Bags (shopping bags, bread bags)
  • Pizza Boxes (if contaminated with grease)
  • Broken Glass
  • Mirror or Window Glass
  • Yard Waste
  • Clothing
  • Furniture

*Plastic bags and plastic film clog sorting machines at recycling facilities. If you use a bag in your recycling bin, please dump the items from the bag into the recycling dumpster and throw the bag in the trash.

Updated 07/05/2018

Recycling Myths and Facts

Myth: You need to remove all labels before recycling glass, plastic or aluminum containers.
Fact: You do not need to remove the labels on glass, plastic or aluminum containers. The heat generated in the manufacturing process removes the labels.

Myth: You must remove your beverage container cap before recycling.
Fact: Caps and lids can be recycled too. Because caps can slip off conveyor belts during the recycling process, empty the bottle, crush it, cap it, and toss into the recycling bin.

Myth: You are required to remove staples, labels and stickers from paper before recycling.
Fact: You do not need to remove staples, labels or stickers from paper products. The material is removed during the recycling process.

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