Syracuse University complies with the Onondaga County Source Separation Law, which states that recycling is mandatory in the county and therefore on campus. Due to this law, the University has a 48% diversion rate of all basic mandatory recyclables (paper, cardboard, and cans/bottles). The University also recycles specialized items—including batteries, electronics, polystyrene cold shipping boxes, fluorescent light bulbs, scrap metal, compostable yard waste, and construction debris—which are not reflected in our diversion rate.

Separation of recycled materials is not necessary due to single stream recycling across campus. Items you can recycle on campus are as follows:

  • Corrugated cardboard and pizza boxes (please flatten and stack next to waste container)
  • Paper, including soft cover books and paperboard
  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Plastic dairy containers, such as yogurt cups and butter tubs
  • Tin, steel and aluminum food and beverage cans, as well as aluminum foil
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Gable-topped cartons (such as orange juice cartons) and aseptic containers (such as soy milk and juice boxes)

To learn more about recycling in Onondaga County, please visit the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency's website by clicking here.

All trash collected at Syracuse University is hauled five miles to the Onondaga County Waste-to-Energy Facility in Jamesville, NY. Your trash makes energy! To learn more about the Waste-to-Energy Facility, please click here.


Click below to learn more about non-traditional items like batteries, office equipment, electronics, and appliances.

Recycling Poster for Residence Halls

Residence Advisors can request a poster for their hallway for their residence hall from Sustainability Management.

Click Here to Request a Poster

Have a question about recycling? Please reach out to us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Click here to fill out the contact form.