Recycling FAQs

Q: Which items can and cannot be recycled?
RecyclableNOT Recyclable
Glass bottles and jarsGarbage, food waste* or paper plates
Metal beverage and food cansMeat or dairy plastic/paper packaging
Plastics labeled 1-7Wax or plastic wrap
Paper from news, magazines or junk
mail
Freezer food packaging
Dry, non-coated food paper boxboard Packaging film
Small, flat pieces of corrugated
cardboard box material
Formed or pellet Styrofoam/Styrofoam-like packaging
and containers/trays
Q: Can I recycle my Pause pizza box?

A: Parts of it. Pizza boxes are traditionally made from corrugated cardboard and are, by
themselves, recyclable. However, what makes parts of them non-recyclable is the hot, tasty treat
that comes inside them, specifically the grease and cheese from pizza that soil the cardboard.
Pizza boxes that are tarnished with food are not recyclable–unless you remove the tainted
portions. The easiest remedy for this problem is to cut or tear out the soiled portions of your
pizza box and recycle the grease-free portion.

Q: What should I do with my to-go container from the Cage?

A: The plastic lid is recyclable; however, the styrofoam plate cannot be recycled. Consider eating
your meal in the Cage next time to cut down on waste! If you have leftover food, give it to a
hungry friend or put it in a compostable waste container.

Q: Can I recycle my old spiral-bound notebook?

A: The pages and cover (cardboard only) can be recycled. The metal coil cannot be recycled.
You should unwind the coil from your notebook or rip out all of the pages. If your notebook has
a plastic cover, only the pages can be recycled. To cut down on notebook waste, make sure to
write on both sides of every page.

 

Q: When I recycle my plastic soda bottle, what should I do with the cap?

A: Leave the cap on the bottle.

Q: What should I do with my old appliances (i.e. refrigerators) and electronics?

A: Talk with your SustainAbility Representative! She or he will provide you with information
about acceptable items and upcoming dropoff opportunities.

 

A: Talk with your SustainAbility Representative! She or he will provide you with information about acceptable items and upcoming dropoff opportunities.

A: “The case for recycling is strong. The bottom line is clear. Recycling requires a trivial amount
of our time. Recycling saves money and reduces pollution. Recycling creates more jobs than
landfilling or incineration. And a largely ignored but very important consideration, recycling
reduces our need to dump our garbage in someone else’s backyard.”
– David Morris of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance