The Catholic University of America

August 22, 2014

What is Recyclable?

Catholic University participates in single-stream recycling. That means all recyclables can be placed in the same bin.

Materials to place in recycling bins include:

  • The following types of paper:
    • Newspapers ( including all inserts)
    • Magazines, catalogs, and junk mail
    • Cardboard and paperboard boxes (including cereal boxes without liners)
    • Office paper (of all weights) and envelopes
    • Books (including paperbacks, textbooks, hardbacks, and telephone books)
    • Brown paper bags
    • Non-metallic wrapping paper
  • Glass food and beverage containers such as jars and bottles (lids and caps do not need to be removed)
  • The following types of metal:
    • Food and beverage cans (lids and caps do not need to be removed)
    • Aluminum food and beverage containers, aluminum foil, and aluminum pie pans
    • Aerosol cans
  • The following types of plastic:
    • Narrow-neck containers (other than for motor oil) carrying plastic resin identification code one through seven (the number inside the recycling symbol). Lids and caps do not need to be removed
    • Wide-mouth containers such as those for peanut butter, margarine/butter tubs, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, whipped topping, and prescription bottles (lids and caps do not need to be removed)
    • Rigid plastics, which include milk/soda crates, buckets with metal handles, laundry baskets, lawn furniture, totes, drums, coolers, flower pots, drinking cups, 5-gallon water bottles, pallets, and empty garbage/recycling bins
    • Milk and juice cartons (lids and caps do not need to be removed)

Follow is a short list of materials not accepted:

  • Wax-coated paper or cardboard
  • Any material with substantial food debris (small trace amounts of food residue are ok)
  • Batteries of any kind
  • Plastic bags or films of any kind
  • Styrofoam or any other type of foam packaging
  • Light bulbs of any kind
  • Mirrors, window or auto glass, porcelain, ceramics, glass cookware/bake ware, microwave oven trays, drinking glasses, perfume/cologne bottles
  • Wood or yard waste (yard waste is, however, suitable for composting)
  • Wire coat hangers
  • Household items such as toasters, cookware, bakeware, electronics, appliances, etc.
  • Hazardous or toxic substances
  • Items containing or having debris and residue containing hazardous or toxic substances such as paint cans with wet paint, motor oil containers, gasoline cans, glue, and petroleum products




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