Carnegie Mellon University

What Can be Recycled?

Acceptable

    White/colored paper
    White/colored envelopes with windows
    Booklets/manuals
    Fax/telex copy paper
    Greeting cards
    Adding machine tape
    Paper ream wrappers
    Post-It notes
    Soft covered books with white pages
    Manila folders
    Magazines
    Newspapers
    Telephone directories 
    Brown/golden kraft envelopes
    Paperboard (cereal/shoe boxes/coated boxes; microwave lunches)
    Coffee Cups

Not Acceptable

   Carbon Paper
   Cellophane (candy wrappers & snack food bags)

Not Acceptable (but can be composted)

    Paper with food waste on it
    Pizza boxes
    Lunch bags
    Tissues
    Paper towels

Acceptable

    Corrugated boxes (Set next to paper recycling bins)

Acceptable

    Any food (including meat)
    Coffee grounds/filters/tea bags
    Paper bags/napkins/towels and uncoated paper plates
    PIZZA BOXES
    Certified ASTM D6400 or ASTM 6868
    Labeled 'Compostable' products made from either corn, sugar cane, potato starch.
  

Acceptable

    Aluminum cans
    Steel cans
    Unbroken glass of any color
    Plastic containers (milk, water, juice, pop, yogurt, dairy, detergent, empty food containers).

    Cartons: (milk, juice, ice tea, lemonade) can be placed into the bottle & can recycling bins.

Not Acceptable

    Styrofoam
    Plastic without symbols (#1-#7)   

    Plastics less than 2"x 2" (bottle caps or lids, straws & coffee stirs).

Frequently Asked Questions


#1 PETE: Polyethylene Terephthalate. Commonly used in soft drinks, juice, and cough syrup containers and microwave trays.

#2 HDPE: High Density Polyethylene. Commonly used in milk jugs, detergent and shampoo bottles.

#3 V: Polyvinyl Chloride. Commonly used in film for meat packaging and some rigid plastic containers.

#4 LDPE: Low Density Polyethylene. Commonly used in newspaper and grocery bags.

#5 PP: Polypropylene. Commonly used in yogurt containers and deli trays.

#6 PS: Polystyrene. Commonly used in plastic cups and plates and to-go containers.

#7 OTHER: Other mixed resins. Commonly used in mixed plastic containers or plastic products. 

#7 Compostable: Commonly made from starch, corn, sugar or potato and say 'compostable'.

Alkaline and Rechargeable Batteries

Alkaline batteries are the most common types of batteries, and are accepted in any size
(AAA, AA, C, D, 9volt).  Note: Taping of 9volt battery terminals is required.

Rechargeable batteries (Nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion, lead acid). Recycle methods: Send through campus mail (less than 10 lbs) to: Recycling-Facilities Management Services.

Or Drop off at:

  •   CFA Basement near elevator
  •   Doherty Hall Main entrance
  •   Facilities Management Building
  •   Hunt Library entrance
  •   Margaret Morrison first floor
  •   Mellon-3rd Floor near elevators
  •   Newell-Simon Hall 4th floor
  •   Porter Hall A level - Frew Street entrance
  •   Tepper School near copy center
  •   UC Recycling Education Center "Green Room"
  •   Wean Hall 5th Floor

Please do not drop off LARGE or HEAVY batteries in the Green Room.

Send an email request to EH&S using the computer recycling form and they will have a professional pick-up heavy batteries at your office or lab for FREE.   Computer Pick-up Request Form

Computer Recycling Program Environmental Health and Safety

EH&S collects all e-waste; televisions, computers & computer peripherals, which includes monitors, keyboards, mice, external drives, printers, copy machines, lab equipment and other devices exclusively plugged into a computer.

Questions about the univeristy e-waste recycling program?

Call EH&S at 268-8182.  

Computer & E-Waste Pick-up Request Form

Media

Recycle old floppy or zip disks - cassette or VCR tapes

Mail through campus mail (less than 50 lbs) to: Recycling-Facilities Management Services (FMS)

University Center Green Room CD recycling bin
For large volumes of zip/floppy disks and cassette/VCR tapes, send to Green Disk

CD's and Jewel Cases

University Center Green Room CD recycling bin
Mail through campus mail (less than 50 lbs) to: Recycling-Facilities Management Services (FMS)

Ink-Jet, Toner, Laser, 3-D Printer Cartridges and Cell Phones

Carnegie Mellon recycles cell phones, Ink-Jet, Toner & Laser Cartridges, 3D printing cartridges, canisters, spools and print engines. Either drop off at an on-campus recycle box, mail to Facilities Management Services or start your own program.

Mail through campus mail (less than 50 lbs) to: Recycling-Facilities Management Services (FMS)

  •   CFA Basement near elevator
  •   Doherty Hall Main entrance
  •   Facilities Management Building
  •   Hunt Library entrance
  •   Margaret Morrison first floor
  •   Mellon-3rd Floor near elevators
  •   Newell-Simon Hall 4th floor
  •   Porter Hall A level - Frew Street entrance
  •   Tepper School near Copy Center
  •   UC Recycling Education Center "Green Room"
  •   Wean Hall 5th Floor

Start Your Own Toner Recycling Program FREE
Ask your Office Depot Representative

Furniture

University Receiving and Stores recycles used office furniture.  Contact them for details 412-268-3301.

Scrap Metal

Scrap metal items collected for scrap can include *air conditoning units, *refrigerators, metal desks, shelves, chairs, building materials, lab equipment, fax machines, printer & copier machines, motors, pumps, valves and pipes.  *Please generate an FMS work order to pick up and reclaim the refrigerent from air conditioning units and refrigerators prior to disposal.  

Recycle methods;

-Place a work order to Fixit@andrew.cmu.edu to schedule a pick up.
-Students contact your housing facilitiy coordinator to request service.

Household Chemical Waste Collections

To learn more about these collections in the region.

City of Pittsburgh Recycling

Find out what you can recycle & drop off locations in the city.

Earth 911

Input a zip code to find where you can recycle certain items where you live.

For more information on sustainability resources in our region and beyond visit the Sustainability Resources Page

Materials you can recycle on campus and the locations;

Green Room - University Center

Glass & Plastic Bottles, Aluminum & Steel Cans, Office paper, Newspaper, Cardboard, Paper Board, Phone Books, Transparencies, Cell Phone's, Batteries, Compact Disks, Jewel Cases, Ink-Jet, Toner or Laser Cartridges and Athletic Shoes.

Indoor Recycle Bins - Located in most campus buildings

Newspapers & Magazines, Mixed Office Paper/ Phone Directories

Aluminum & Steel, Glass (all colors) & Plastic Containers (milk, water, juice & pop bottles, yogurt, dairy tubs, detergent bottles, empty food containers).  Cartons: (milk, juice, ice tea, lemonade) can be placed into the bottle & can recycling bins.  No plastics less than 2"x 2" ( bottle caps or lids, straws & coffee stirs).

Outdoor Receptacles

Bottles & Cans & Cartons