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Aluminum cans (i.e. pop cans)
Tin cans (i.e. soup cans)
Aluminum foil (combine small pieces together into large softball size pieces)
Glass bottles and jars (clear, green, blue or brown)
Empty aerosol cans
Plastic and paper cups
Ceramics (dishes, mugs, cups)
Window (plate) glass
White glass bottles (i.e. Malibu)
Plastic bottles with recycling numbers 3, 6, 7
Laboratory glassware (Pyrex©)
Any corrugated (multi-layer) brown cardboard boxes
Paper packing materials
Brown paper bags
6, 12, and 24-pack beverage boxes
Pizza boxes (unsoiled)
NOTE: Packaging tape need not be removed. Flatten boxes and place next to recycling containers.
Packaging that is intended for storage in a refrigerator or freezer is trash. (Frozen Meal Boxes)
Cardboard boxes with glued-in foam
Molded Styrofoam packaging
Newspaper, including glossy inserts
Hard cover books
Soft cover books
Cereal-type boxes (chipboard)
Brown paper bags
Packaging that is intended to, or has been, refrigerated or frozen (Place these in the trash). These containers are coated with a film that prevents them from being recyclable.
TRASH (paper cups, paper towels, etc.)
WHITE OR PASTEL COLOR
Envelopes with windows
Envelopes with labels
Adding machine paper
NOTE: Rubber bands, staples and small paper clips need not be removed.
DARK OR BRIGHTLY COLORED PAPER
Food related papers
Copy paper wrappers
Paper cups and plates
Anything sticky or self adhesive (except Post-it Notes)
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Aluminum, brass, copper
Cast iron, sheet iron
Any other metals
Wire and cable
In 1986, the Metropolitan Council awarded the University of Minnesota Recycling Program a $10,000 Incentive Grant to develop a collection system for the composting of yard waste.
Yard waste is seasonally generated with peak outputs during the spring and fall. During this time, personnel collect the excess accumulation of leaves and grass clippings that cannot be managed with mulching mowers. The waste is loaded into an empty packer truck or roll-off box and delivered to a compost lot on the St. Paul Campus where it is managed by Building Services. The resulting compost is used for landscaping needs across campus. Brush and tree limbs are chipped, and the chips are used as ground cover around trees and shrubs. Tree limbs larger than six to eight inches in diameter are hauled to a county chipping site. Approximately 200 tons of yard waste is recycled each year.
Large animal waste bedding generated from the cattle, pig, and horse barns are collected separately and composted. The compost is used to prepare soil mixes for the campus grounds and greenhouses, spread on the agricultural fields, made available to the public, or sold to local, private greenhouses.