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Sustainability in the residence halls

Our residence halls at UWEC work hard to create a sustainable living community for students. That's why we have rules and guidelines for you to follow when it comes to recycling things like plastic bags, light bulbs, and batteries

How to recycle in the residence halls

We do single-stream recycling in the residence halls. That means you can put metal (aluminum and steel), glass, paper, and plastics (#1-7 look for the triangle with a number in it on the container) into any slot on the recycling bins in your residence hall. No sorting makes it easier to recycle. Lids/caps can be recycled, Please empty bottles then replace the cap and put it into the recycling bin.

Do NOT put: tissues, paper towels, mirrors, aerosol cans, light bulbs, ceramics (like a coffee mug), wax-coated juice cartons or milk cartons, Keurig K-cups, Styrofoam, dryer sheets and PIZZA BOXES into the recycling bins.

Corrugated cardboard needs to be taken to the cardboard recycling station in the basement.

Plastic bag and film recycling in the lobby

Recycle grocery bags, plastic packing pillows, case wrap (i.e. snack and beverage cases), bread bags, sandwich bags and other stretchy #4 plastic into the white cardboard bins located in your residence hall lobby.

Recycle CFL light bulbs and batteries

CFL light bulbs, batteries and printer cartridges should be recycled at the front desk in most residence halls or in the blue bin in the lobby of Sutherland Hall.

Get broken electronics and appliances recycled for FREE!
Contact the Housing Sustainability Office to have your broken item picked up from your hall and properly recycled.

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