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The Ultimate Recycling List

A complete list of what can and cannot be recycled on campus.


Paper and BooksPaper for Recycling


  • all office paper
  • white paper
  • colored paper
  • newspaper (bags and strings removed)
  • magazines (all types)
  • catalogs (all types)
  • phonebooks (all types)
  • junk mail
  • paperboard
  • tissue boxes
  • heavy weight folders
  • paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • food packaging (unwaxed only please)
  • shredded paper (in plastic bag to minimize blow-away potential)
  • paper milk, juice and soy milk cartons (should be empty)
  • books: all soft cover, hard covers should be ripped off
  • empty paper coffee cups (plastic lids removed)


  • napkins
  • tissue paper
  • paper towels
  • wax paper
  • wrapping paper
  • any paper product which has the potential to be contaminated with bodily fluids



ALL cardboad boxes must be broken down.


  • pizza boxes (food and wax paper removed)
  • corrugated cardboard
  • brown paper bags
  • boxboard (i.e. shoeboxes, gift boxes, cereal boxes)


  • cardboard lined with plastic (i.e. bubblewrap boxes)
  • waxed/waterproof cardboard



Please wash out all food jars!


  • metal and tin beverage containers
  • metal and tin food containers
  • aluminum foil
  • aluminum take-out containers
  • aluminum pie plates and trays
  • kitchen cookware: metal pots, pans, tins and utensils


  • motor oil cans
  • metal and cardboard containers
  • paint cans



Please wash out all food jars!


  • All colors glass bottles and jars
  • clear glass
  • green glass
  • brown glass
  • blue glass
  • glass food containers
  • beer and wine bottles


  • light bulbs
  • mirror glass
  • window glass
  • ceramic
  • crystal




  • All plastics numbers 1-7 (NO styrofoam, which is sometimes labeled #5)
  • food and beverage containers
  • screw top jars
  • deli-style containers
  • clam-shell take-out containers
  • plastic cups (lids and straws removed)
  • milk jugs
  • soap bottles
  • clean grocery and retail plastic bags (no other type accepted)
  • plastic jugs/bottles: soda bottles, laundry detergent jugs


  • plastic" baggies"
  • plastic tableware
  • Styrofoam containers



You can recycle CDs on campus.  A complete list of station locations is below. For more information on this program, please contact the UB Green Office at ubgreen@facilities.buffalo.edu or 829-3535.

North Campus

  • Crofts Lobby
  • Capen Hall- Undergraduate Library 1st Floor computer lab and Room 201
  • Capen Hall- Science and Engineering Library, 3rd Floor
  • Lockwood Library, 2nd and 3rd Floor computer lab
  • 101 Bell
  • Law Library, O'Brian
  • 210 Jacobs
  • 1019 Furnas
  • 139 Hochstetter
  • 110 Natural Science and Mathematics
  • 220 Red Jacket, Ellicott
  • 215 MFAC, Ellicott
  • Governor's Computer Lab- Clinton Hall
  • 142 Center for the Arts

South Campus

  • 139 Hayes
  • 206 Diefendorf
  • 231 Cary
  • Squire (room TBA)
  • 128 Clement


Inkjet Cartridges

Please contact the UBGreen Office at ubgreen@facilities.buffalo.edu or 829-3535 for recycling materials.


Computer Equipment and Electronics

Any electronic equipment which plugs into a wall, has a cord, battery or circuit board can be recycled through UB's computer and electronics recycling program.  If your equipment meets these guidelines, please follow the disposal procedures below.

To recycle electronics please call Procurement Services at 645-2676 to have the equipment removed from departmental inventory. When you make arrangements with Facilities Moving and Trucking to pick-up this surplus equipment, it will automatically be recycled. If your equipment has not been assigned a surplus tag, Facilities cannot remove it from your office.  In the first year of this program, UB diverted approximately 2 tons of equipment from being landfill! For more information on this program, please contact the UB Green Office at ubgreen@facilities.buffalo.edu or 829-3535.  Please note this applies only to equipment which is the property of the University at Buffalo.

If you are an Erie County resident information on recycling personal computers can be obtained by visiting Erie County's Environmental Compliance website.


Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL)

While fluorescent "tube" lighting is recycled on campus, UB does not yet have a program to recycle CFLs.  However, these bulbs can be brought to any Home Depot for free recycling.



Please contact Brenda Battleson in the Acquisitions Dept. at 645-2035.


Batteries, Cell Phones, PDAs and other small electronic equipment

This recycling program is operated by UB's Environment Health & Safety Office.  For information regarding this program please visit Environment Health & Safety's website. Please contact Tony Oswald at acoswald@buffalo.edu with questions.

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