Recycling & Waste Reduction

Since 1990, Syracuse University has supported and participated in Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency’s mandatory recycling program. As recycling goes, SU is considered single stream, which means you can place all your recyclables in one recycling bin and you no longer have to sort your recycling.  SU has installed numerous recycling collection bins in every campus building. Items to recycle include:

  • wide-mouthed plastic tubs from products such as yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese, with the #5 symbol on the bottom
  • pizza boxes
  • #1 and #2 plastic bottles can now be recycled with the cap still on, after the air has been squeezed out
  • softcover books (paperbacks, phone books, manuals, workbooks, notebooks, etc.), remove any spiral, wire, or plastic binding. NO hardcover books are accepted.

More recent initiatives to reduce campus waste include: