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Specialty Recycling

Batteries

There are buckets for recycling batteries located in 26 areas across campus. Instructions for sorting batteries are located on the buckets at the sites. 

Books

There is a textbook collection box in the hallway alongside the Kathryn A. Martin Library year round. If you need to recycle a book outside of these collections, softcover books can go into paper recycling, but hardcover books need covers removed/tossed before placing in the recycling bin. 

CDs/DVDs

CDs and DVDs can be recycled free of charge at the Materials Recovery Center at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District. They must be recycled out of the case.

Confidential Materials

Moving or purging? Email recycling@d.umn.edu to request a large bin for document destruction of large quantities of confidential material.

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated boxes are kept separate from mixed recyclables and removed daily by custodial staff. Break down your boxes, remove any plastic wrap, and stack neatly next to recycle bins for collection. Remember: greasy pizza boxes are NOT recyclable and NOT accepted for compost in our area. 

Electronics and Hazardous Waste

Electronic waste (e-waste) refers to electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life”. Common items are TVs, computers, stereos, phones, etc. If it has a cord, it’s likely e-waste. For information on e-waste and other hazardous material recycling, contact The Environmental Health and Safety Office at x6764. 

Ink/Toner Cartridges

Ink and toner recycling is done by the department that purchases it. Larger companies (HP, Canon, Lexmark, etc.) typically take back their cartridges for free and provide the necessary packaging to do so. **Their ink tends to cost more, though you’ve paid for the recycling in that higher price, which is not the case with cheaper cartridges.  

Plastic Bags (or other film plastic)

Plastic bags and other film plastic are accepted at the UMD Stores bag recycling bin. Plastic bags cannot be mixed with regular recyclables -- they gum up the sorting machines at the recycling facility.

Have questions about something that’s not on this list? Email sustain@d.umn.edu to ask for a specific item.