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recyclingRecycling has been a part of Northwestern University’s campus greening efforts since 1989. Students started the program and it is now part of daily operations across our campuses. The University currently recycles more than 2,500 tons of materials per year and diverts 39 percent of campus waste from landfills.

Our goal is to build on this success to reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill by 20 percent by 2020. Recycling is an essential strategy to help us achieve this goal. You can help reduce waste by properly recycling everything from paper and glass to computers and light bulbs. The following resources offer guidance on what and how you can recycle at Northwestern.

What You Can Recycle

As of February 15, 2016, Northwestern has moved to mixed recycling. This means that paper, cardboard, cans, glass, and plastic are collected together in the same recycling bins. Northwestern has separate collection processes for other materials including electronics, batteries, light bulbs, and scrap metal.

Get details on what can be recycled and how.
Learn more about mixed recycling. 

More Resources for Reducing Waste

Greek House Recycling
Off-Campus Recycling Resources
More Ways to Reduce Waste
Request Recycling Bins or Labels

For More Information

If you need additional recycling bins or bin labels, or have questions about recycling and waste management, please contact the Office of Sustainability at recycling@northwestern.edu or 847-467-1374.

Take Action


What you can recycle
See what can be recycled on campus and how to properly manage everything from paper to scrap metal.

Mixed recycling flyer
Download a flyer summarize what can be placed in campus recycling bins.

Bins and labels
View bins and labels available through the Office of Sustainability 

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