What We Recycle

DU partners with Alpine Recycle and their Altogether Recycling™ program to provide campus-wide recycling services. Items we recycle include office paper and other supplies, batteries, electronics, and electronic equipment such as computers and printers. To request a new or replacement recycle bin for your office, please call Custodial Services at 303-871-4819.


Acceptable and Unacceptable Items

All recycled materials must be free of contamination from food or liquid waste. Please wash food containers before recycling them.

Acceptable items include:

  • Newspaper (including inserts)
  • Mixed paper
  • Aluminum (do not crush)
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Magazines
  • Aseptic packaging (milk/juice cartons)
  • Styrofoam™ and other polystyrene foams
  • Bulk or junk mail
  • Mixed rigid plastics (lawn furniture, children's toys, laundry baskets, etc.
  • Plastic #1 – #7 (no plastics marked "PLA")
  • Corrugated cardboard (flattened)
  • Chipboard (cereal and tissue boxes)
  • Tin cans (no other steel)
  • Detergent bottles
  • Office paper
  • Brown paper bags
  • Plastic milk jugs

Unacceptable items include:

  • No plastic bags
  • No steel items
  • No clamshell or "to go" plastic containers
  • No plastic plates, forks, spoons, or knives
  • No #7 PLA compostable containers
  • No six-pack holders
  • No plastic syringes or needles

For a complete list of recyclable materials, please see this document.


For recycling of larger electronics or to request an unscheduled recycling pick-up, submit a work order through iServiceDesk, the Facilities Management work request system.

Work Request



E-waste is a common informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their useful lives. The University coordinates recycling of used batteries, mobile devices, and other small electronics through the Office of Environmental Health & Safety. Most common batteries such as A, AA, AAA, 9-volt, C, D, mobile radio, cell phone, small electronics, cordless phone, rechargeable, and laptop batteries are accepted. Simply drop off your batteries at one of the recycling stations listed below. For larger e-waste items, please submit a Facilities work request through iServiceDesk.

Recycling Stations for Batteries and Small Electronics

  • Centennial Halls, near the front desk
  • Centennial Towers, near the front desk
  • Nelson Hall, near the front desk
  • JMAC, near the front desk
  • Nagel Hall, near the front desk
  • Driscoll, at the Information Desk
  • Law, outside room 215
  • Sturm, 1st-floor vending area
  • Olin, Biology office



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