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Recycling Guidelines

The University of Connecticut has put out guidelines on what and how to recycle items on campus. Because the University began a mixed recycling program in 2009, nearly any recyclable can be placed in nearly any recycling container. However, this is not the case for our regional campuses yet. Click here to view the UConn Regional Campus Recycling Guidelines brochure.

Want to learn more? Check out these videos from UConn Dining Services and the Willimantic Waste Facility about their recycling efforts.

Recycling Guideline Posters

What can be recycled?


  • Plastics 1 – 7
  • Metal cans and foil
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Aerosol cans
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Envelopes and office paper
  • Cereal and food boxes
  • Paper bags and books
  • Cardboard

Not Recyclable

  • 3-ring binders
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Tissues and napkins
  • Wax and carbon paper
  • Tyvek and FedEx envelopes
  • Photographs
  • Plastic utensils
  • Styrofoam
  • Cermics and Pyrex
  • Plastic bags and fuel containers

Special Recyclables

  • Corrugated cardboard should be flattened and placed next to bins
  • E-waste has its own bin, located in the Student Union, UConn Bookstore, and Library.
    • Electronics
    • Ink and toner cartidges
    • Batteries


Williwaste Single Stream Recycling Video

Questions about UConn's recycling policy and guidelines? Contact us at or at (860) 486-5773.