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The following items can be accepted in the KU Recycling Single Stream bins:

  • Paper products, including: magazines, newspaper, office paper, mailings and fliers, paperboard and paper bags
  • Cardboard - please break down and place next to bin for pick up
  • Plastics #1-7, with the exception of Styrofoam - though Styrofoam is often labeled with a #6. KU Recycling cannot accept Styrofoam*.
  • Aluminum, tin and steel cans
  • Glass bottles and jars

What NOT to Recycle:

  •  Plastic bags, plastic wraps or films - Though some of these may have a recycling symbol, KU Recycling cannot accept these items. The bags become tangled up in the material sorting machinery and cause costly repairs and delays. Plastic bags can be taken separately to your local grocery store, many of which have an avenue for recycling this specific material separately.
  •  Disposable coffee cups - Conventional coffee cups, including those used by the Roasterrie at KU, are made of multiple materials, including an embedded plastic lining for safety. These materials cannot economically be separated during the recycling process.
  • *Styrofoam - Styrofoam is made of plastic molecules puffed up with air. Therefore, the amount of recoverable plastic material is very little, making the shipment of Styrofoam to a recycling facility very uneconomical.
  • Food containers coated with residue - Dirty plastics and other food containers are not desirable. Please empty and rinse your recyclables as best as possible for before depositing in the single stream bin.  

For more information on recycling procedures at KU, check out the video below, or reference our FAQ page for more on commons materials, like electronics, toner, batteries and more.





Coronavirus Update

KU Recycling has resumed services but will continue to limit special collections that are not mission critical. For updated information on KU's response to COVID-19, visit protect.ku.edu.

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