Recycling: What can be recycled? | CBU

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Recycling at CBU is done in partnership with Waste Management. Since the program started in March 2011, CBU has recycled over 50 tons or 100,000 lbs of material.

Collection is commingled (single-stream) and receptacles can be found in buildings throughout campus. They are typically located at the end of hallways near exits and stairwells.

Personal recycling from home or the dorms can be placed in the large green dumpster behind O’Hara Hall, off of the East Parkway entrance. Food is the biggest contaminant, so we ask that you please rinse out those cola cans, yogurt containers, etc. If food enters the recycling stream, the entire collection for the week goes to the landfill.   


  • Plastics 1-7  
  • Glossy Paper (junk mail)   
  • All Envelopes (w/ windows ok)  Food Wrappers 
  • Post it Notes   
  • Shredded Paper 
  • Carbon Paper 
  • Bulk Mailings/Post Cards 
  • File Folders 
  • Brochures and Catalogs 
  • Newspaper and Magazines 
  • Paper Ream Wrappers 
  • Cardboard 
  • Books (hard and soft cover) 
  • Manila Folders  Spiral Notebooks 
  • White Paper/Copy Paper/Color Paper


  • Garbage / Food
  • Paper Cups and Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels and Tissues
  • Food Wrappers
  • Styrofoam
  • Glass
  • Metal