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Recycling at Colgate

At least 30% of Colgate’s landfill “trash” could have been recycled. With your help, we can increase our recycling rates and cut down on waste.

Recycling 101

Colgate University uses a two-stream recycling system, meaning that there is one bin for paper and another bin for plastic, glass and metal products. 
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Please take a moment to place your waste in the proper bin.

Remember: When in doubt, throw it out! This may seem counterintuitive, but it is better to accidentally throw away a recyclable rather than contaminate an entire load of recyclables with trash.

As always, do your part to reduce waste, and reuse items whenever possible.
Paper products
  • Print and copier paper
  • Newspaper
  • Notebook paper
  • Envelopes
  • Magazines, and catalogs.
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cardboard
  • Paper bags
  • Dry food boxes 
Plastic, glass and metal
  • Plastics #1-7
  • Glass bottles
  • Metal cans
  • Plastic milk and water jugs
  • Yogurt containers
  • Laundry soap and detergent bottles
  • Plastic cups

Electronic Waste Recycling

Electronic devices (eWaste) should always be recycled when they become obsolete. Colgate University has eWaste recycling stations in the Coop and 15 other areas. Recycling eWaste saves energy and resources, and reduces toxins in our environment.

Electronic waste
  • Cell phones
  • Batteries
  • Compact discs
  • Digital cameras
  • iPods
  • Cables and cords
  • Printer cartridges
  • Calculators
  • Other small electronic devices

    Tape both ends of all batteries before placing them in a battery recycling bin.

    Larger electronic devices
    such as Colgate-owned television sets, computers, and printers are collected by ITS (call the helpline at x7111 for assistance).

Take note

  • Crushed cans/plastic bottles and torn papers are still recyclable.
  • Take-out containers, disposable utensils and paper napkins from Chartwells are all biodegradable - do not recycle these. 
  • Coffee cups from the Coop, except for the plastic lid or the cardboard sleeve, should go to the trash! The lid and sleeve can be recycled.
  • Plastic grocery bags can be recycled in Price Chopper.
  • New York State has a bottle deposit program. You may return bottles and cans in a designated area in Price Chopper for cash! 
Not sure if something is recyclable? Want to know where the nearest eWaste recycling station is? Refer to our recycling guide for help!  

Still have questions? Check out our list of FAQs written by the director of sustainability, John Pumilio.