RecycleMania events promote waste reduction

Dubs the dog in front of RecycleMania sign

RecycleMania starts this week at the University of Washington! For the eighth year, the UW will be participating in the friendly recycling competition.

As part of RecycleMania, UW Recycling will be organizing events and activities to promote waste reduction with campus partners.

Get Caught Green-Handed with SEED

Show off your recycling know-how when you get caught “green-handed”. Participants who sort their waste correctly at Local Point Café on Feb. 12 will be rewarded for being sustainable!

Five tips for proper recycling at the UW

We've all had those moments, holding an item over the recycling bin and hesitating because we're just not sure where it goes. Should it go in recycling? Compost? Landfill? 

UW Recycling is here with answers. Here are five quick tips to help you recycle properly on campus.

1. How do I know if I’m recycling properly?

Recyclables should be…

  • clean, empty, and dry
  • not food-soiled
  • kept loose & not bagged

2. How do I properly recycle plastic?

Plastics are…

Top 10 recycling myths

Students in lab coats sorting recycling and compost

Do you have questions about proper recycling or composting? Are you unsure about what goes in which bin when you're throwing stuff away? UW Recycling wants to provide answers. Here are 10 of the most common recycling myths that pop up on campus, along with definitive answers!

Myth #1: All cardboard and paper is recyclable

Since we need to avoid food or grease in the recycling, pizza boxes and food-soiled paper like napkins should be composted.

Recycling training and presentations available

You may have read about China’s changing views on recyclable plastic in the news recently. Are you and your colleagues confused about recycling and composting at the University of Washington? Have you heard rumors that it doesn’t really matter what you do — that it all ends up in the trash anyway? Or do you feel like your efforts as an individual won’t make a difference?

Yikes! Hold up!

How UW Recycling got its start

Guest submission by Adam Fehn, UW Recycling Program Coordinator

Once you become familiar with being part of a campus community that’s renowned for its sustainability practices, it can be hard to believe that a formal recycling program at University of Washington was established only 26 years ago. Thanks to several key student-lead initiatives, UW Recycling eventually grew to become a team of 14 administrative and operations members that support the entire campus every day.