Special Recycling

UWM also has some unique recycling opportunities. There are different bins throughout campus that collect tennis shoes, cell phones, eyeglasses, & hearing aids. Old tennis shoes can be ground up to make athletic surfaces. Cell phones can be wiped clean, and utilized by several nonprofits. Eyeglasses and hearing aids have been collected by several departments on campus, and redistributed through The Lions Club.

It is the goal of the Office of Sustainability to one day have a consolidated special collection area. Such a recycling center could be a drop off for several items, including things like plastic bags that are not collected now.

All UWM students, faculty, and staff can make use of these bins.

 shoe recycling Tennis Shoes- You’ll find this recycling bin in the main lobby of the Klotsche Center


Check out where tennis shoes end up: Nike Reuse A Shoe

 Cell phone recycling Cell Phones- You’ll find this recycling bin just outside of Human Resources in Engelmann Hall


Check out cell phone recycling process: Call2Recycle

Eyeglasses recycling  Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids- Currently you will find these slim yellow bins outside the Center for Volunteerism on the Union ground floor, as well as just outside of Human Resources in Engelmann Hall. Many departments have sponsored these collections in the past.

Community Resources

For your own recycling needs, here are a few drop off points for your own household materials
• CFL Light bulbs
• Plastic Bags
• Household hazardous waste
• Yard Waste