Chicago Campus Offices
How to recycle
- Blue bins are provided for recycling; please do not use them for garbage. (For a trashcan, contact your department office.) If you need a recycling bin or bin labels, contact NU Recycling. Download descriptions of the available bins and the bin labels used on campus. See information about computer recycling.
- Two separate mixes of recyclables are collected:
Paper/Cardboard is collected in designated desk-side and central bins. (Employees must empty desk-side bins into central paper bins.)
Cans/Glass/Plastic is collected in designated central bins.
What to recycle
|Brochures and flyers||Food wrappers|
|White and colored paper||Paper cups or plates|
||Paper towels, napkins, or tissues|
|Magazines and catalogs||Laminated paper and stickers|
|Cardboard (Note: Please flatten all boxes and place them in or next to the bin)||Hardcover books (contact NU Recycling if you have hardcover books to recycle)|
|Newspapers||Hanging file folders|
|Envelopes (all colors and windowed)|
|Paperboard (cereal boxes, etc.)|
Cans, Glass, Plastic
|Aluminum and steel cans||Plastic bags|
|Glass bottles and jars||Items contaminated by lab waste|
|Plastic containers #1-#5 (includes bottles and jugs, yogurt cups and tubs, grocery containers, and 6-pack rings)||Plastic containers #6 (polystyrene or Styrofoam) or #7|
|Aluminum foil and trays||Paint or aerosol cans|
|Aseptic packaging (drink boxes, milk and juice cartons, etc.)||Ceramics or drinking glasses|
Note: Please empty all containers before recycling.
LASER & INK CARTRIDGE RECYCLING
- Laser and ink jet cartridges (not copier toner) can be sent in a box or envelope via campus mail (attn: Cartridge Recycling) to the following addresses:
2020 Ridge Ave.
300 E. Superior, B-601
Note: For questions or cartridge mailing labels, contact NU Recycling at 7-1374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Computers, printers, and peripherals can be recycled through University Services’ eCycling program.
A greener office
Recycling is a fundamental part of green office operations, but there are other things you can do as well:
- Proof documents on the computer instead of printing numerous drafts.
- Use dual-sided copying whenever possible.
- Eliminate disposables whenever possible and don't buy Styrofoam.
- Purchase long-lasting products.
- Reevaluate quantities needed for reports and publications or consider electronic versions instead of print.
- Use a reusable mug or water bottle.
- Reuse file folders and corrugated boxes.
- Use the back of used paper or obsolete forms for scratch pads and drafts.
- Buy refurbished or recycled-content products.
- Look for a high percentage of post-consumer content. "Post-consumer" materials have reached their end use and been collected from homes and businesses as opposed to scrap from within the manufacturing process.