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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?
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cardboard

Paper/Cardboard

Acceptable: Not Acceptable:
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)
Paperback books
Paper bags

Please flatten all boxes and place in or next to a paper bin.

plastic bottles

Cans/Glass/Plastic Containers

Acceptable Not Acceptable
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.

ink cartridges

Laser and Ink Cartridge Recycling


Staff

Laser and ink jet cartridges 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
CH

Note: For questions or cartridge mailing labels, contact NU Recycling at 847-467-1374.

Students
Ink cartridges are collected for recycling in residence hall mailrooms during the academic year. This effort is brought to you by Eco-Reps.

Computer/electronics recycling (e-waste)


Computers, printers, and peripherals can be recycled through University Services’ eCycling program.

batteries

Battery disposal


Staff

The Office of Research Safety (ORS) handles all battery waste. ORS can be contacted by phone: Evanston (847)-491-5581 or Chicago (312)-503-8300.

Students
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.

light bulb

Lamp recycling (cfl’s and other fluorescents)


Staff

Lamps are replaced by custodians and electricians who collect them for proper handling. If you have a spent lamp, please contact Facilities Management.

Students
Place lamp in a sealed bag and give to Housekeeping staff for proper disposal.

plastic bag

Plastic Bag recycling


Staff
Place plastic bags in the bin on the ground floor of Norris, near the elevator during the academic year.

Students
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.