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!