Carnegie Mellon University

Many of the bottles and cans (and other plastic, glass and metals) you use each day can be recycled. Please don't forget to rinse out the container before you put it into the blue recycling containers (with the round hole). Consider what types of containers you choose when bringing your meal to campus. Styrofoam cannot be recycled and will always end up in a landfill. Always make sure you are putting your recyclables into the right container... If you put something other than what is allowed the entire bag is considered contaminated and cannot be recycled.

Help CEE fulfill its commitment to green practices and to reduce, reuse and recycle!

What can be recycled?

  • White & colored paper
  • White and colored envelopes with windows
  • Booklets & manuals
  • Greeting cards
  • Post-It notes
  • Soft-covered books 
  • Manila folders
  • Telephone directories
  • Magazines & newspapers

What is unacceptable?

  • Pizza boxes or boxes with food in them 
  • Coffee cups
  • Candy wrappers
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels

Cardboard can be recycled too. Put it by the paper recycling containers. Things like pizza boxes or waxed cardboard, however, cannot be recycled with paper but you CAN compost it!