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?
|Brochures & flyers||Food Wrappers|
|White & colored paper||Paper cups & plates|
|Cardboard||Paper towels, napkins, & tissues|
|Magazines & catalogs||Laminated paper & stickers|
|Junk mail||Hardcover books|
|Newspaper||Hanging file folders|
|Envelopes (colored & windowed)|
|Paperboard (ex. cereal boxes)|
Please flatten all boxes and place in or next to a paper bin.
|Aluminum & steel cans||Plastic bags (please see proper recycling information below)|
|Glass bottles & jars||#6 plastic (aka polystyrene or Styrofoam)|
|Plastic containers #1 - #5 (includes bottles & jugs, yogurt cups & tubs, grocery containers, & 6-pack rings)||#7 plastic|
|Aluminum foil & trays||
Items contaminated by lab waste
|Aseptic packaging (drink boxes, milk, & juice cartons)||Ceramics or drinking glasses|
Please empty all containers.
Note: To recycle scrap metal, email Julie Cahillane.
Laser and Ink Cartridge Recycling
Laser and ink jet cartridges can be sent in a box or envelope via campus mail (attn: Cartridge Recycling) to the following addresses:
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. ORS offers collection boxes for workspaces that must be picked up and returned to Wendy Ward at the Technological Institute NG-71.
Batteries are collected once a quarter on the ground floor of Norris. For more information, email the Office of Sustainability or ask your Eco-Rep.
Lamp recycling (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.
Plastic Bag recycling
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.