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Recyclable Materials

The following links outline what is acceptable to recycle at Purdue University. If in doubt about the material that is referred to on this list or if you have questions, contact on of the following offfices below.

Reference Materials

Definitions of recyclables and trash

Recyclables Trash

All Paper

  • White office paper
  • Glossy, brightly colored paper
  • Newspapers, ads, inserts
  • Magazines
  • Books, notebooks
  • Pamphlets, brochures

(e.g. pizza boxes)

Cans and bottles (liquids are acceptable)

All Plastic

Food waste (e.g. banana peels and coffee grounds)

Snack wrappers (e.g. candy bar wrappers, energy bar wrappers and chip bags)

Facial tissues, napkins and restroom hand towels



Questions may be directed to these offices:

  • Information on desk-side receptacles: Physical Facilities Buildings and Grounds at (765) 494-7107.
  • General recycling questions: Office of University Sustainability at (765) 494-2481.
  • Specific operational questions: Physical Facilities Buildings and Grounds at (765) 494-7107.