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Last semester, director of the UA Dining and Sustainability Committee, Undergraduate Assembly Treasurer and College junior Kat McKay recognized a trend of off-campus residents not recycling. With the help of UA members and College sophomores Justin Hopkins and Tobias Milligan, McKay created the recently published Off-Campus Recycling Guide.

The guide is designed to provide all the information one could need to pick up and maintain a habit of recycling. McKay said she hopes the guide will eventually lead to a self-sustaining culture of off-campus recycling. McKay said that the project will feel like a success to her “once I walk down the row of houses on 39th and Pine and see a full bin outside every one of them.” The UA will be working with Greek Eco-Reps to extend the guide to chapter houses both on and off-campus.

Here's a quick run-down of some of the information you can find in the guide.

How do I get recycling bin?

A standard trash bin or container can be used as long it is labeled “recycling” and is no more than 32 gallons in size. A bin can be done easily labeled using a permanent marker.

What can be recycled?

Plastics, metals, glass wasters and cartons that have been emptied and thoroughly rinsed, as well as cardboard and paper products.

What cannot be recycled?

Plastics bags, Styrofoam, food waste, wax paper, tissues, paper towels, napkins, light bulbs, electronics, garden hoses, needles and syringes.

On what day is recycling taken out?

Both recycling and trash are collected on Wednesday. Bins should be left out on Tuesday night.


Go to Off-Campus Services for any additional support.

Off-Campus Services

3702 Spruce Street

Stouffer Commons


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