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Frequently Asked Questions

Union has begun a campus-wide recycling program! Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about our exciting program!

  1. What does Union recycle?
  2. How do I recycle as a faculty/staff member?
  3. How do students recycle?
  4. Tell me more about what can be recycled?
  5. Do I have to remove labels from my plastic cans? Is rinsing needed?
  6. What happens next?
  7. Will we make money from recycling?
  8. Who is assisting us with this?
  9. Can Union handle my home recycling?
  10. Whom can I contact with questions or ideas?

1. What does Union recycle?

2. How do I recycle as a faculty/staff member?

Every faculty and staff member should have two bins near their desk: a normal trash receptacle and a 28 quart blue recycle bin. Fill your recycle bin with appropriate recyclable materials

Periodically, you (or perhaps a student worker) will empty your blue desk bin in your areas blue 50 gallon recycling container.

Please note that there is designated bin for paper/cardboard and a bin for aluminum/plastic.

Because we do not have the housekeeping personnel to collect individual office recycling, we are asking for your help in developing a workable system to get your items to the nearest rolling bin.


3. How will students recycle?

Blue recycling bags are available for all residents. They can be found in the Bowld or McAfee Commons Buildings.

One bag should be used for cardboard and paper, and the other for plastic and aluminum.

Students should place the bags outside under the stairwell of their building. The Recycling Coordinator will collect the bags after 10:00 am on Monday.

4. Tell me more about what can be recycled?

What to Recycle Do: Don't:
Mixed Paper Office Paper Magazines or Glossy Paper
Envelopes Tissues, Paper Towels or Napkins
Colored Paper Wax Coated Containers
Newspaper (OJ containers or fast food cups)
Cereal Boxes/thin cardboard
Cardboard Corrugated cardboard Cardboard containing food debris (pizza boxes)
Plastic Resin 1 & 2 -the code is usually found on the bottom of the container Soda bottles Styrofoam
Laundrey detergent bottles Plastic with codes other than 1 or 2
Shampoo bottles Lids from fast food cups
Milk jugs
Grocery Bags
Aluminum Empty aluminum drink cans Food cans (most are tin)
Blue recycling bags can be found in the Bowld and Heritage Commons Buildings.
Please bag paper/cardboard separately from plastic and aluminum.
All recycling materials must be free from food or beverage debris. Please rinse out containers before recycling them.
When in doubt, throw it out! If you are unsure about whether something is recyclable, please place it in your trash bin
All bags should be placed under the stairwells for collection.

If you have a question about it, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Kimberly Thornbury at kthornbu@uu.edu or 731.661.5090 and she will research it for you!

5. Do I have to remove labels from my plastic bottles? Is rinsing needed?

All materials for recycling should be free from food and beverage debris. Bottles and cans should be completely emptied, and labels should be removed if possible. Please rinse out containers if debris remains after being emptied.

6. What happens next?

Union University employs a full-time Recycling Coordinator who collects recyclable materials from designated areas on campus and carries them to the recycling shed at Facilities.

The items are then sorted and inspected to insure that they are suitable for recycling and free from food and other waste. The materials are then baled and sold. This process allows us to sell our recyclables at a better price since value is based on density and contamination levels.

7. Will we make money from recycling?

The money we make from the sale of our recycled materials covers the cost of extra resources and personnel required to run the recycling program.

8. Who is assisting us with this?

We are partnering with Doxicom (www.doxicom.com). We have also appointed a Recycling Coordinator who will be in charge of the collection and baling of our recycling!

9. Can Union handle my home recycling?

Yes! For your convenience, please bring your paper, soft plastic, and aluminum to the bins near the baler located next to the facilities shed.

What Union Recycles

We can't provide money for your recycling, but we can recycle it for you and your family!

10. Whom can I contact with questions or ideas?

Please feel free to contact Kimberly Thornbury at kthornbu@uu.edu or 731.661.5090 or Gary Carter at gcarter@uu.edu 731.661.5204.

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