What to Recycle

What's recyclable changes between countries, states, and even towns.  What you can recycle at home might be different than at Wesleyan.  Click the expandable links below to learn more about recycling and contact Jen Kleindienst with any questions.  

A printable recycling handout is available here.

Mixed Recycling (Single Stream)

  • Paper
      • White/colored paper (including post-its; staples are ok)
      • Envelopes (if you can tear the envelope, it's recyclable; including junk mail, manila envelopes, and envelopes with windows) 
      • Printer paper wrap
      • Magazines
      • Newspapers
      • Corrugated cardboard (wavy inner layer)
      • Boxboard (cereal boxes, tissue boxes, etc.; remove plastic liners)
      • Pizza boxes (rip in half; greasy parts are trash)
      • Milk cartons, juice boxes, soup cartons
      • Hardback/paperback books (remove hardback covers)
      • Coffee cup sleeves
  • Plastic
    • Recycling Symbols 1-5

      • ALL Plastic #1 - 5 (drink bottles, yogurt cups, shampoo bottles, peanut butter jars, laundry baskets, milk jugs, plastic bins, etc.); check the bottom of most plastic containers for these symbols

      Recycling Symbols 6-7

      • SOME Plastic #6 (Solo cups, etc. - NO cutlery, foam clamshells, foam cups)  
      • SOME Plastic #7 (NO "compostable" ware, including Pi/Usdan cups)
      • Milk cartons, juice boxes, soup cartons
  • Glass
      • Bottles and jars (rinsed/emptied, caps ok)
  • Metal
      • Drink and food cans
      • Aluminum pans and take-out containers
      • Aluminum foil (clean)
      • Aerosol cans containing non-hazardous substances (shaving cream, whipped cream, hair spray, etc.)
      • K-Cup foil lids (detach from plastic)
These items cannot go in mixed recycling bins but are still recyclable. Find a collection location.
  • Other Recycling
      • Aerosol cans containing hazardous substances (paint, other chemicals))
      • Batteries (lead acid, NiCad, Li Ion, NiMh, Li)
      • Packing peanuts
      • Cell phones
      • Computers and electronics
      • Fluorescent bulbs
      • Holiday string lights
      • Motor oil
      • Inkjet and toner cartridges
      • Scrap metal
      • Shoes (wearable)
      • String lights 
      • Textiles (clean linens, towels, clothing)
      • Writing utensils (pens, pencils, markers, highlighters)

Trash (Incinerator)

  • SOME Plastic
    • Recycling Symbols 6-7

      • SOME Plastic #6
        • foam clamshells
        • foam cups
        • plastic cutlery
      • SOME Plastic # 7
        • All PLA/"compostable" plastic cups and lids - Bon Appetit's cold cups are compostable but not recyclable
      • Plastic bags (may be marked Plastic #4)
      • Air bubbles for shipping
      • Bubble wrap (reusable)
      • Bubble envelopes
      • Plastic/Tyvek envelopes (Fed Ex, UPS, etc.)
      • Plastic wrap
      • K-cup coffee pods (lids recyclable)
      • Straws
      • Photos
  • SOME Paper
      • Paper cups
      • Paper towels (even if unused; unbleached ones are compostable)
      • Tissues
      • Greasy pizza boxes (the clean part can be recycled)
      • Plastic/Tyvek envelopes (if you can't tear the envelope, it can't be recycled)
      • Glossy/photo paper
      • Paper with crayon/poster paint
  • Other
      • Pyrex dishes
      • Light bulbs (CFLs and LEDs are recyclable in the green bins in Usdan and Exley lobbies)