Chicago Campus Offices


How to recycle

What to recycle


Brochures and flyers Food wrappers
White and colored paper Paper cups or plates
Junk mail
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.)
Paperback books
Paper bags

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 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:

    Evanston Campus:
    Mail Services
    2020 Ridge Ave.
    EV 4314

    Chicago Campus:
    Mail Services
    300 E. Superior, B-601

Note: For questions or cartridge mailing labels, contact NU Recycling at 7-1374 or


A greener office

Recycling is a fundamental part of green office operations, but there are other things you can do as well:

Reduce waste

  • 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.

Reuse supplies

  • 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 recycled

  • 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.

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