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UW-Platteville has "single-stream" recycling - all recyclables go in the same container!
The same recycling rules apply throughout the city of Platteville! Unless otherwise marked, any of the following can be placed in any recycling bin on campus.
For specialty (large or hazardous) items, please review our other waste procedures. Still unsure where your item should go? Contact our office.
Place large cardboard next to recycling bin; small pieces can go in the bin.
- Don't Recycle - Wax and Plastic Coated Cardboard.
- Do Recycle - All other cardboard, flattened and no larger than 3' x 3', including pizza boxes with limited food residue and egg cartons.
Broken glass cannot be recycled; wrap this glass in a box, tape shut, and dispose of in a garbage can. Always remember to rinse off food or product residue before recycling.
- Don't Recycle - Broken glass, ceramics or pottery, drinking glasses, light bulbs, mirrors, Pyrex glass, or windows.
- Do Recycle - All other brown, blue, green, white, clear glass.
Nearly all metal is recyclable on campus, including small scrap metal and aluminum foil. Most metals can be recycled indefinitely, so if you are purchasing a disposable container, metal is often the way to go. Always remember to rinse off food or product residue before recycling.
- Don't Recycle - Brake rotors (they jam the recycling separator), wire clothes hangers.
- Do Recycle - All other metal, including aerosol cans, aluminum cans, end of juice containers (without paper), paint cans (without paint), small scrap metal items, steel/tin cans.
Nearly all paper products can be recycled, including cardboard and paper with staples. All products must be free of grease or oil. (Greasy paper cannot be recycled because it repels water in the recycling process.) Always remember to rinse off food or product residue before recycling.
- Don't Recycle - Carbon paper, coffee cups (that had creamer in them), boxes or containers with food residue, hardbound books (you must remove binding to recycle the pages), paper plates with food residue, paper towels, stickers, tissue paper.
- Do Recycle - All other paper products, including egg cartons, envelopes (even with the windows), gift wrapping (non-foil type), ice cream cartons, juice cartons or boxes, junk mail, magazines, milk cartons, newspaper, notebooks (without spiral binding), office paper, phone books.
All plastics numbered #1-7 are recyclable on-campus, including plastic bags and bubble wrap. Plastic recycling numbers are usually printed on the bottom of items. Plastic lids and caps can be left on bottles for recycling. Always remember to rinse off food or product residue before recycling.
- Don't Recycle - Disposable diapers, foil-lined items like cookie and chip bags, food and candy wrappers, packing peanuts, plastic bags that are not transparent, plastic bottles that held harmful chemicals1, stickers, Styrofoam, Tupperware, Compact Discs (CD's), wax or plastic coated cardboard.
- Do Recycle - All other plastic, including bubble wrap, clamshell containers (clear plastic food containers), detergent bottles, disposable coffee cup lids, disposable plastic cups, milk jugs, shampoo bottles, transparent packing film and bags2, vitamin bottles, water bottles.
1 Harmful chemicals include vehicle oil, pool cleaner, herbicides, etc.
2 Plastic bags / packing film must be transparent and bagged together and tied shut in bundles smaller than a basketball (so that they cannot blow away easily).
Ink cartridges can be recycled in the Markee Pioneer Student Center; there is a collection bin located next to the Bears Den. Cartridges can also be sent through campus mail to the Sustainability Office, 308 Royce and they will be shipped off for recycling.
Batteries can be placed in the battery recycling bin located next the Bears Den in the Markee Pioneer Student Center. Large batteries or a large quantity of batteries can be picked up directly by Pioneer Restore, please submit this online form to have them picked up.
Personal cell phones can be recycled in the Markee Pioneer Student Center; there is a collection bin located next to the Bears Den. University-owned cell phones must be recycled through the campus electronics recycling program.
Compost Food Waste
Food is composted behind the scenes in Bridgeway Commons, The Crossing, and Catering. All Residence Halls have a compost bin in the dumpster bull pen, and academic areas may rent buckets from the Sustainability Office to manage their own compost program. More information.
Please let us know if you have feedback related to recycling. You can complete our anonymous report form below, or contact the Sustainability Office directly.
Feel free to print the following posters and hang them around campus.