Campus Recycling

Single-Sort Recycling

UW-Milwaukee is a Single-Sort campus!  This means that recyclables no longer have to be separated depending on if they are glass, paper or plastic; they now go into one bin.  This is also refered to as "Mixed Recycling."

Through single-sort, recycling is made easier and more materials can be recycled, keeping them out of the landfills.

In Transition-

The Office of Sustainability is working with departments on campus to transition all bins to be consistent in all buildings.  Blue containers and/or the "Recycling" label indicate recycling bins across campus.  One example of this transition would the be your Student Union.  Bins currently separate paper from containers, and this will soon be changed out.

**Be on the lookout for the new outdoor recycling bins coming spring semester 2013!

Accepted Single-Sort Materials at UWM

                  - All plastics numbered: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
                  - Aluminum cans, containers, pans
                  - Cardboard and paperboard*
                  - Rinsed glass bottles and jars (clear, brown and green)
                  - Mixed paper and junk mail*
                  - Newspapers, phone books, magazines and catalogs*
                  - Steel cans and empty aerosol cans
        *Small amounts of glue, tape and staples are OK


Non-Accepted Single-Sort Materials at UWM

                  - Batteries
                  - Broken glass
                  - Candy wrappers
                  - Cigarette butts
                  - Food and food soiled paper
                  - Campus Office/lab items (toasters and microwaves etc)
                  - Light bulbs
                  - Needles and sharps, other medical waste
                  - Plastic bags (see your local grocer or Kohl’s Department Store)
                  - Film
                  - Styrofoam or foam packaging materials
                  - Techno trash
                  - Tissue and paper towels
                  - Trash
                  - Unmarked plastics

           *Click on the highlighted items to see how UWM can recycle the item.
           * Many materials can be saved from landfills by just being creative. 
             There are thousands of resources on ways to upcycle or re-purpose
              the items we use daily!

Shredded paper

UWM offers a service for confidential paper shredding.  Paper is collected in secured containers, then taken off site for shredding and recycling.

Contact Buildings & Grounds for more information on confidential shredding: 414.229.5096


Other Resources

Campus recycling is handled by Facility Services (all academic buildings), the Student Union, and University Housing. 
If you have special concerns regarding the auxiliary services in the

Union or Housing, contact:

Steve Ellison                 

Union Operations