What You Can Recycle at NU
Blue bins are provided for recycling; please do not use them for garbage. If you need a recycling bin or bin labels, email NU Recycling or call 847-467-1374. For a trashcan, contact your department office.
Did you know we have been composting in every dining hall and major cafeteria since 2012?
Please flatten all boxes and place in or next to a paper bin.
Please empty all containers.
Note: To recycle scrap metal, email Julie Cahillane.
Laser and Ink Cartridges
2020 Ridge Ave.
300 E. Superior
The Office of Research Safety (ORS) handles all battery waste, including lead-acid (automotive), mercury, lithium containing, ordinary household, and rechargeable batteries. Alkaline batteries or anything less than 9 volts does not need to be taped. Batteries can be taken to Wendy Ward at the Technological Institute NG-71. ORS offers collection boxes for workspaces that must be picked up and returned to Wendy.
Place plastic bags in the bin on the ground floor of Norris, near the elevator during the academic year.
Plastic bags are collected by Eco-Reps in the residence halls, who take them to the Recycling Hub on the ground floor of Norris, to the left of the elevator. The Associated Student Government Sustainability Committee takes these plastic bags to Whole Foods to be recycled during the academic year.
Lamps (cfl’s and other fluorescents)
Lamps are replaced by custodians and electricians who collect them for proper handling. If you have a spent lamp, please contact Facilities Management.
Place lamp in a sealed bag and give to Housekeeping staff for proper disposal.
All ferrous and non-ferrous metals (steel, stainless steel, aluminum, etc.) are acceptable. This includes unusable bookcases, shelves, bikes, desks, racks. Facilities Management maintains a central scrap metal recycling dumpster to collect these items. If there is a significant quantity, a metal recycling dumpster may be delivered to your location. Items must be safe to dispose -- any coolant or other hazardous materials must be removed before placement in the dumpster. Email NU Recycling or call 847-467-1374.
Construction and Demolition Materials
Wood, drywall, pallets, concrete, glass, and other demolition type waste can be recycled in designated dumpster loads. Email NU Recycling or call 847-467-1374.