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Waste Disposal Options (by category)

Shipping Materials

 

Cardboard

Recyclable: corrugated (multi-layer) brown cardboard; paper packing materials; brown paper bags; 6-, 12-, and 24-pack beverage boxes; and unsoiled pizza boxes. (No cheese or sauce, little grease. Soiled pizza boxes are compostable.)

To recycle: If large, flatten box and place next to quad recycling containers. If small, recycle in Newspaper Plus” quad recycling containers (gold lids). Packaging tape need not be removed.

Not recyclable (Trash Only): refrigerator or freezer packaging/boxes, cardboard with glued-on foam, molded Styrofoam packaging, packaging peanuts, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, or waxed cardboard.

 

Degradable plastic/degradable plastic bags (AKA oxy-degradable)

Not recyclable or compostable. Throw out in “Trash Only” quad containers. These plastics are "degradable" in that they break down into very small pieces of plastic, but they are not biodegradable and do not decompose, so they are not an organic material suitable for composting.

 

Foam

Small quantities of foam should be thrown out in "Trash Only" quad containers. If you have a large volume, contact the Recycling Program at 612-625-8084 or recycle@umn.edu.

 

Packing peanuts / packing filler

If you have large quantities, contact the ReUse Program at 612-626-9152 or reuse@umn.edu. Click here for more information.

Otherwise, throw out in “Trash Only” quad containers.

 

Padded mailers

Throw out in “Trash Only” quad containers.

 

Pallets

Place at building dock and contact the ReUse Program at 612-626-9152 or reuse@umn.edu.

 

Plastic bags, wrap, and film

If you regularly generate large quantities of clean and dry plastic films labeled #2 or #4 (shopping bags, grocery bags, shrink wrap, pallet wrap), contact the Recycling Program at 612-625-8084 or recycle@umn.edu.

Do not recycle "oxy-degradable," "biodegradable," or "degradable" plastics.

If not labeled #2 or #4, if dirty or wet, or if generated in small quantities, throw out in "Trash Only" quad containers.

 

Plastic bubble wrap

If in usable condition, contact the ReUse Program at 612-626-9152 or reuse@umn.edu. Otherwise, throw out in “Trash Only” quad containers.

 

Plastics #3 through #7

If you generate large quantities of clean and dry #5 (polypropylene) plastic (e.g. laboratories), contact the Recycling Program at 612-625-8084 or recycle@umn.edu to set up recycling for this material.

If you're an individual generator of #5 plastics (e.g. yogurt cups), click here to find a local drop-off location for #5s through Preserve's Gimme 5 program.

Plastics numbered 3, 4, or 6 must be thrown out in "Trash Only" quad containers. #7 PLA plastics can be composted (in white "Organics Recycling" buckets) IF specifically labeled BPI- or ASTM-certified. All other #7 plastics must be thrown out in "Trash Only" quad containers.

If you'd like to learn more about recycling plastics, please read Recycling Plastics: Complications and Limitations from Eureka Recyclings.

 

Star Tribune "oxy degradable" bags - they're plastic

Not recyclable or compostable. Throw out in “Trash Only” quad containers. These plastics are "degradable" in that they break down into very small pieces of plastic, but they are not biodegradable and do not decompose, so they are not an organic material suitable for composting.

 

Styrofoam / packing foam

If you have large quantities, contact the ReUse Program at 612-626-9152 or reuse@umn.edu. Click here for more information.

Otherwise, t>hrow out in “Trash Only” quad containers.

 

Tissue paper

Light colored tissue paper should be recycled in “Office Paper” quad containers (grey lids).

Dark and brightly colored tissue paper cannot be recycled. It can be placed in the white "Organics Recycling" buckets. If a bucket is not available, throw out these materials in the "Trash Only" quad containers.

The University Recycling Program is in the process of expanding "Organics Recycling" for compostable materials such as food scraps, paper towels, coffee grinds, and tea bags. Only certain areas of campus currently have access to this program. Look for white buckets that say "Organics Recycling" and are attached to "Trash Only" quad containers.

See our organics recycling guide here.

 

Wrappers

Throw out in “Trash Only” quad containers.

 

Wrapping paper

Most wrapping paper has plastic coatings, glitter, foil, or other non-recyclable and non-compostable features. Therefore, throw out in “Trash Only” quad containers.

 

Find Your Waste Disposal Options

The links below will help you determine how to dispose of various waste items found on campus:

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