• Appliances Facilities Services manages the recycling of household appliances on campus.
  • Bon Appetit All disposable wares from food prepared by Bon Appetit are compostable, even though they may be plastic.  This includes disposable catering and to-go containers; it does not include commercially packed items sold by Bon Appetit.
  • Books Books dropped off at the Library will be sent to Better World Books so someone else can enjoy them.
  • Compost Compost anything that was once living. Visit the Composting at Macalester page for more information.
  • Electronic Waste (E-Waste) The ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 307, is the primary collection point for electronic waste on campus. Small items such as radios, cell phones, and computer components, can be brought to the e-waste recycling bin located in the Mail Room on the lower level of the Campus Center.
  • Events Plan your next event and make it a Zero Waste event using the Zero Waste Event Guide.
  • Fluorescent Bulbs  It is unlawful to throw away a fluorescent bulb in the trash.
    • Broken A broken fluorescent bulb of any kind is hazardous and dangerous; please contact Facilities Services immediately for safe clean up.
    • Fluorescent Light, CFL Intact CFL bulbs can be placed into the collection bin located in the Mail Room on the lower level of Campus Center.
    • Fluorescent Light, Tube Intact fluorescent tubes are collected by Facilities Services and should not be left for collection in any public location.
  • One-sided Office Paper Is collected in labelled bins throughout campus by the Library for the Onesies project. Collected paper is up-cycled into a notebook.
  • Plastic Bags and Film Clean and dry plastic bags and film can be deposited into plastic bag collection bins throughout campus
  • Recycle
    • Aluminum Cans
    • Aluminum Foil
    • Cardboard (unsoiled)
    • Glass (broken or whole)
    • Paper (unsoiled) and cardboard
    • Plastics numbers 1,2,4,5,7
    • Steel and Tin Cans
  • Special Disposal See Special Waste Disposal table below
  • Styrofoam
    • Polypropylene Is a styrofoam that is flexible and does not break easily when stressed, it is usually black in color and labelled #6PP.  This styrofoam is not recyclable and must be thrown as trash.
    • Polystyrene Is a styrofoam that is rigid and breaks easily when stressed, it is usually white in color and labelled #6PS.  This styrofoam is recyclable if it is clean and free of any contaminants.  Drop off at the ITS Help Desk.
  • Waste Toss out any chip bags, plastic wrappers, soiled styrofoam, gum, and black plastic

Special Waste Disposal

Waste Waste Type Drop off location
Batteries, Computer e-waste ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 314
Batteries, Household specialized Campus Center Mail Room, Lower Level
Books specialized Library, First Floor
Cartridges, Ink jet e-waste ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 314
Cartridges, Toner e-waste ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 314
Electronic waste e-waste ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 314
Fluorescent Bulbs, CFL hazardous Facilities Services, Lower Level Campus Center
Fluorescent Bulbs, tubular hazardous Facilities Services
Fluorescent Bulbs, broken hazardous Contact Facilities Services for cleanup
Paper, one-sided speciality Onesies collection bins throughout campus
Packing Peanuts re-use Campus Center Mail Room, Lower Level
Plastic film or bags specialized Plastic film containers throughout campus
Polystyrene specialized ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 314