Recyclable Materials

Learn more about how USU handles recycling for the following materials: mixed paper, white paper, shredded paper, corrugated cardboard, aluminum cans, tin/steel cans, plastic bottles, plastics #3-7, plastic bags, glass bottles, rigid white styrofoam, scrap metal, wooden pallets, and batteries.

What does USU Recycling accept?

Plastic Bottles

Only #1 PETE and #2 HDPE (Pop Bottles, Milk Jugs, Detergent bottles etc). They can be colored or clear — check the bottom of the container for the number inside the recycling symbol.

Misc. Plastics

No longer accept plastics 3-7.

Plastic Bags

Do not collect; take to local grocery.

Glass Bottles

There are two categories for glass bottle collection at USU: brown bottles and the rest.

Corrugated Cardboard

Paper with corrugation — if in doubt, rip it and look for ridges (hint, it is not always just brown) (tape OK).

Rigid, White Styrofoam

The hard, white styrofoam for packaging and for insulating ONLY.

White Paper

White office/copy paper, writing paper, envelopes with or without windows, notebook paper (staples and tape OK).

Mixed Paper

Colored paper, newspaper, envelopes with or without windows, books, phone books, paper bags, magazines, cardstock, folders, sticky notes, egg/pop cartons etc. (staples and tape OK).

Shredded Paper

White or colored paper.

Aluminum Cans

Beverage and cat food containers.

Tin/Steel Cans

Food and certain types of beverage containers (like Slim Fast cans).

Scrap Metal

Most additional types of metal.

Large Batteries

Car batteries/lead-based batteries

Small Batteries

AA, AAA, C, D, 9V and other small batteries are not accepted.


Computers and electronics are not accepted.

Wooden Pallets

Pallets for shipping made from wood, whether whole or broken.

Motor Oil

We only recycle motor oil from Motor Pool vehicles. DO NOT leave motor oil at drop-off areas.