OSU Recycles - Accepted Materials

What, Where, and How to Recycle at OSU Stillwater.

 

The OSU Recycles program applies to work and study areas of campus.  For residental recycling on campus, visit ResLife Recycles.

 

PAPER RECYCLING
Place these materials inside white paper recycle boxes (or other recycle bins marked "Paper") found in hallways, foyers, computer labs, and copy rooms.  As of May 2013, these items may now be mixed in the same paper recycle bin:

  • Letterhead
  • Bond Paper
  • Copier paper
  • Notebook paper
  • Computer printer paper
  • Carbonless paper
  • White paper printed with colored ink
  • Colored paper 
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines, Journals
  • Brochures, catalogs
  • Junk mail
  • Envelopes (with and without plastic windows) 
  • Shredded white paper (place in clear bags next to the recycle box or other designated area)
  • Sprocket edges from form-feed paper (please bag with shredded paper)
  • Telephone books
  • Softcover books*
  • File folders
  • Glossy paper
  • Stapled paper
  • Flattened paperboard or chipboard (e.g. cereal box material)
  • Small pieces of flattened cardboard (take large pieces to outdoor green recycle cardboard dumpsters)

         *Before recycling, share through Readcycle in the Libro Cafe, or donate to the Stillwater Public Library.

 

BOTTLE & CAN RECYCLING 

Place these materials in the blue Dream Machine bins found indoors and outdoors:

  • Aluminum cans (please empty before recycling)
  • #1 & #2 plastic bottles (please empty before recycling and screw cap back on)

 

CARDBOARD RECYCLING 

Place these materials in the green outdoor dumpsters labeled Cardboard or wedge behind an indoor paper recycle bin (between the bin and the wall):

  • Flattened corrugated cardboard boxes

 

UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

Do not include these materials in campus recycle bins:

  • Carbon paper, paper towels, tissues, soiled paper
  • Food wrappers or residuals
  • Paper or plastic cups, plates, trays
  • Disposable utensils
  • Greasy pizza boxes (clean sections are acceptable)
  • Expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) of any kind
  • Plastic bags or baggies
  • Glass of any kind

For more detailed information on recyclable materials, visit http://sustainability.okstate.edu/recycling-overview.

RECYCLING IN YOUR BUILDING

Your building’s custodians collect flattened cardboard, bags of paper, shredded paper, and bottles/cans and place those tied-off bags into a green recycle dumpster outdoors.  Outdoor green dumpster locations are noted on this map (last updated Oct. 2014).

Republic Services moves recyclables from the Green Dumpsters to the OSU Recycle Center where the materials are sorted, baled, and stored for sale or donation. To organize a group tour of the Center, e-mail recycle@okstate.edu

If you have a cleaning day or other activity that generates more paper or cardboard than usual, request a "Special Clean-out Recycle Cart" by contacting the Recycling Department at recycle@okstate.edu or 744-4354 or use the online Customer Portal (no charge for special cleanout recycle service).

BEYOND RECYCLING

Take that next step; go beyond recycling by reducing and reusing your waste! Reducing and reusing is even better than recycling! Follow these links to learn tips on how to reduce your impact and if you want to take it a step further check out these sustainability tips!

RECYCLING VIDEOS

OSU students made this video featuring Cowboy Basketball's leading shot blocker, Michael Cobbins:


 

Watch this video to see what all can be recycled on campus at OSU!

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OSU RECYCLES PROGRAM ONLY ACCEPTS MATERIALS GENERATED ON CAMPUS, NOT FROM THE COMMUNITY IN GENERAL.