Facilities Management

Recycling

Recycling at Southwestern is single-stream, meaning all recyclables are put into the same bin. The guide below outlines what can and cannot be recycled at SU.

  SU Recycling Guide

 

  

 For more information about campus recycling, please explore the categories below. If you have

questions about a specific item, Texas Disposal Systems’ Waste Wizard features a searchable

database for trash and recycling. Just click “What Goes Where?” and type your item into the search box. 

 

TEXAS DISPOSAL SYSTEMS WASTE WIZARD

 

 

To find off-campus recycling locations, use the recycling search tool developed by Earth 911. 

 

EARTH 911 RECYCLING SEARCH TOOL 

  

 

  • The following items are recyclable in the blue recycling bins on campus:

    Paper

    • Colored paper
    • Glossy paper
    • Cardstock
    • Newspaper
    • Sticky notes
    • Envelopes (even with plastic windows)
    • Folders (remove any metal)
    • Magazines

    Cardboard

    • Cardboard (remove as much tape as possible)
    • Pizza boxes (with only small amounts of grease)

    Paperboard

    • Cereal boxes and similar food boxes
    • Tissue boxes (remove plastic lining around opening)
    • Milk and juice cartons (rinse and remove spouts)
    • Paper egg cartons
    • Paper towel and toilet paper tubes 

    These items must be put in the trash:

    • To-go containers from the Commons and the Cove
    • Tissues, napkins, and paper towels
    • Paper plates with food residue
    • Shipping envelopes with plastic/bubble wrap liners
    • Waxy paper (including to-go sandwich wrap)
    • Pet food bags
    • Carbon paper
  • The following items are recyclable in the blue recycling bins on campus:

    • Any numbered plastics (rinse and flatten bottles and remove caps)
    • Hard plastics (from product packaging with any paper or twist ties removed)
    • Prescription medicine bottles (remove caps and labels)
    • Plastic bags and film (see next blurb)

    All plastic containers should be clean (i.e. free of food or other residue) before being recycled. When rinsing containers, please be mindful of your water usage. A quick rinse is usually enough to clean a container for recycling.  

    These items must be put in the trash:

    • All styrofoam (packing peanuts, to-go containers, etc.)
    • Bubble wrap
    • Motor oil bottles
    • Garden hoses
  • Plastic bags and film can only be recycled if gathered together in another plastic bag. They cannot be put loose into recycling cans. Once you have collected a full bag’s worth of plastic bags and film, place the full bag in one of the blue flip-top recycling bins beside the dumpsters (not the blue metal cans on the sidewalks). You can also recycle plastic bags and film at grocery stores with bag collection programs. Both HEB and Target have such programs. 

    The following items are recyclable as plastic bags and film:

    • Single-use and reusable plastic bags (grocery bags, to-go food bags, etc.)
    • Produce and bread bags
    • Ziploc-type bags
    • Plastic wrap and cellophane products
    • All types of plastic wrap encasing products such as paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, paper plates, etc. (Note: the paper products themselves are NOT recyclable.)

    These items must be put in the trash:

    • Snack and chip bags
    • Plastic bags or film with food or other residue
    • Granola bar, candy bar, and similar wrappers
  • The following items are recyclable in the blue recycling bins on campus:

    • Aluminum cans
 (remove pop tabs and crush inside of can)
    • Aluminum foil, including foil used to seal food containers (clean and balled)
    • Aluminum serving dishes, roasting pans, and pie pans (clean and crushed)
    • Tin cans (food cans, etc.)

    • Empty aerosol cans (hair spray, Febreze, etc.)

    All metal containers should be clean (i.e. free of food or other residue) before being recycled. When rinsing containers, please be mindful of your water usage. A quick rinse is usually enough to clean a container for recycling. 

    These items must be put in the trash:

    • Metal bottle caps
    • Metal coat hangers
  • All colors of glass can be recycled at Southwestern. To be recycled, glass must be unbroken and any bottle caps/corks must be removed (caps should be thrown away). Glass used in a laboratory should be disposed of in the designated bins in the science building and should not be placed in the blue recycling containers.  

    All glass containers should be clean (i.e. free of food or other residue) before being recycled. When rinsing containers, please be mindful of your water usage. A quick rinse is usually enough to clean a container for recycling. 

  • Electronics cannot be recycled on campus. Below is a list of nearby locations where these items can be dropped off for recycling.

    Electronics 

    • Best Buy
    • Target
    • Discount Electronics 
    • Waste Management eCycling
    • Lowe’s
    • RadioShack

    Most recycling locations do not accept CDs or DVDs. These items should be reused or placed in the trash.

  • Batteries cannot be recycled on campus. Below is a list of nearby locations that host battery recycling programs.

     

    Regular Batteries

    • Home Depot
    • Best Buy
    • RadioShack
    • Lowe’s

    Car Batteries

    • AutoZone
    • Advance Auto Parts
    • O’Reilly Auto Parts
    • Walmart
    • Home Depot
    • Georgetown Metal Recyclers (5307 Highway 195)

    The City of Georgetown Collection Station at 250 W L Walden Drive accepts both regular and car batteries. 

  • Ink and Toner Cartridges

    Bring ink and toner cartridges to the SU post office and place them in the box labeled “ink cartridge recycling.”

  • Light Bulbs

    Williamson County Recycling center (495 County Road 156, Georgetown) and Batteries Plus Bulbs (2541 South IH-35, Round Rock) accept incandescent, compact fluorescent, and halogen light bulbs for recycling. 

    There are no recycling programs for LED bulbs in this area.

  • If you have clothing that can be reused, it can be put in the blue Goodwill bins around campus. Please do not put dirty or soiled clothing in the bins or used undergarments such as socks and underwear; these items must go in the trash.

    Goodwill bin locations on campus

  • Bulky items and appliances CANNOT be recycled in any of the blue recycling bins on campus. If you are disposing of a large item or an appliance (refrigerator, coffee maker, television, etc.), please contact Facilities Management at (512) 863-1914 or email facilitiesmgmt@southwestern.edu  for assistance.

 

 

 The #1 problem with recycling is contamination by non-recyclable materials. When in doubt, LEAVE IT OUT.