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ESU Recycling Committee

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Committee Meetings

Science & Tech Bldg, Room 339; From 2pm - 3pm

  • September 10th, 2015
  • October 8th, 2015
  • November 12th, 2015
  • February 11th, 2016
  • April 14th, 2016


The committee is composed of interested faculty, administrators, staff, students, and interested community members who examine ways to increase and improve the University’s recycling program.

For several years, paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, and aluminum cans have been recycled. More recently ESU has begun recycling more specialized materials.

  • Since 2010, more than 400 mattresses from the Residence Halls have been collected for recycling. Instead of ending up in a landfill, these mattresses will be used to create other items.
  • Styrofoam collected on campus and from some community members has been used to create three-dimensional sculptures by art students. The Styrofoam was later taken to a local recycler
  • Dry Cell Batteries (9V, AA, AAA, C, and D)
  • Printer Toner Cartridges

In addition to recycling, several projects have been initiated to reduce the use of bottled water by:

  • Providing every residence hall student with a reusable water bottle
  • Installing gooseneck attachments to several water fountains on campus
  • Conducting water taste tests to illustrate similarity in taste between tap water and bottled water

Recyclable Materials Accepted All Together

Recyclable materials can now be single-streamed on ESU campus. This means that any type of accepted recyclable item (i.e. paper, metal, plastic and glass) can be dropped in any type of recycling bin on campus.

Please review the lists below for acceptable and unacceptable items.

PAPER - Dry & Clean; loose (not in plastic bags)

Newspapers & Inserts Tissue
Magazines & catalogs Paper towels
Junk mail, envelopes, file folders, shredded paper Books *
Office white, colored & computer paper (staples/clips OK) Tyvek envelopes
Corrugated cardboard boxes Carbon paper
Cereal & gift boxes, etc. that tear brown or grey (no liners) Wax coated boxes/cartons (juice, milk, etc.)
Paper bags  
Phone books  

METAL -Empty & Clean; loose (not in plastic bags)

Aluminum cans (beer & soda) Aerosol cans
Aluminum foil & foil plates Propane tanks *
Metal food cans (tin/steel); metal lids Syringes
Metal pots & pans Hangers *
Small metal appliances Electrical cords *

PLASTIC - Empty & Clean; loose (not in plastic bags)

Plastic bottles, jars, tubs & rigid containers labeled #1through #7 Unnumbered plastic containers *
  Plastic bags
  Garden hoses *

GLASS - Empty & Clean; loose (not in plastic bags)

Glass bottles & jars (food & drink only) Window glass *
  Mirrors *
  Light bulbs *
  Glass cookware/bakeware (Pyrex, etc.) *

Other Unacceptable Materials

  • Food Waste
  • Garbage
  • Medical Waste
  • Flammable, Hazardous or Toxic Materials
  • Paint *
  • Packing Peanuts *
  • Styrofoam *
  • Ceramics
  • Dishes
  • Coffee Cups
  • Drinking Glasses

Other Recyclable Items

ELECTRONICS - (submit work order with Facilities Management for pickup)

Televisions (all types) Oscillating Fans *
Laptop/notebook computers Desk/Floor lamps *
Computer equipment Small kitchen appliances (toaster, toaster oven, blender, mixer, etc.) *
Systems (CPU units) Small handheld power tools *
Accessories (keyboards, mice, speakers, cords, cables) Small personal cosmetic appliances (portable hair dryers, shavers, curling irons, etc.) *
External disk memory and hard disk drives (confidential data destruction available) Vacuum Cleaners *
Peripherals (printers, scanners, plotters, copiers)  
Circuitry (circuit boards, electronic components/chips)  
Network hubs, routers, and modems  
Office & Business Equipment  
Photocopiers and multi-use copiers  
Telephone telecommunication/switching systems  
PDAs, PDA cradles, and other hand held devices  
Cellular phones and cell phone chargers  
Media (hold until there is a sizable quantity OR deliver directly to Jim Martin at Facilities Management)  
CD/DVD/Blu-Ray discs  
Magnetic tape (cassette, reel-to-reel, VCR tapes)  

Household Batteries - All types

Place in the container in front of Science & Technology building on Normal St.

Printer/Copier Toner Cartridges - inkjet and laser

Bring to Office of Residence Life and Housing (Hemlock Suites)

* As a service to ESU, the asterisked items may be accepted (on a case-by-case basis) by Community Partners in Recycling (CPR), a division of Developmental Education Services of Monroe County, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for challenged individuals, assisting them to meet the Human Service needs of the community. Please direct inquiries to CPR supervisor Charlie Cahn at (570) 421-2912 or