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There are buckets for recycling batteries located in 26 areas across campus. Instructions for sorting batteries is located on the buckets at the sites. Please note: Alkaline batteries are not recyclable and go in the trash - if you must purchase batteries, consider switching to a type that is recyclable. UMD sends over 1,000 lbs of alkaline batteries to the landfill each year.
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 and DVDs can be recycled free of charge at the Materials Recovery Center at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary System. They must be recycled out of case.
Quite a few departments have purchased the small shredders that fit over a bin to dispose of their confidential materials. The shredded paper is then collected by our staff on their regular pick up routes. Moving or purging? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a large bin for document destruction of large quantities of confidential material.
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: pizza boxes are not recyclable and NOT yet compostable in our area.
Electronics and Hazardous Waste
Electronic waste (e-waste) contains many heavy metals and other harmful materials. The Environmental Health and Safety Office provides e-waste boxes to departments for removing e-waste. For information on e-waste and other hazardous material recycling, contact The Environmental Health and Safety Office at x6764. E-waste drives are a great way to get your campus organization involved in a sustainable initiative.
Ink and toner recycling is done by the department that purchases it. Larger companies (HP, Canon, Lexmark, etc.) will typically take back their cartridges for free, and may even send the necessary packaging to do so. If a department buys ink locally, some shops will take and recycle empty cartridges, or refill them for a reduced fee. Additionally, there are multiple websites that will buy back empty cartridges. Whichever decision your department makes, we ask that you keep sustainable practices in mind.