You stare at the empty food container in your hand, do you recycle it ? Which bin do you use ? Do I need to Wash it ? So many questions, it seems like it’s easier to simply throw everything away ! Well, hold your horses, follow these few simple rules, and you will be part of making NYU a greener place !

Most Overlooked Rule
If you can’t wash the food off of a container or a drink out of a can, it CAN NOT go in the recycling- that’s one for the garbage can folks !

General Rules
If you can wash it out, all cans, glass and plastic bottles, milk and juice cartons, go in the Mixed Plastic Recycling bin (the one with the blue label)

You can also add to this bin empty aerosol cans, wire hangers, household metal (aka something that is more than 50% metal, and aluminum foil wrap and trays. Please make sure that these items are loose, and not in plastic bags.

In the Mixed Paper and Cardboard recycling bin, you can place newspapers, magazines, paper, paperback books (or send these to goodwill !), paper bags, clean pizza boxes, egg cartons, and cardboard boxes (broken down) !

If you have any “technoscrap”, ink cartridges, batteries or CFL, you can recycle these in the bin in the lobby! It’s near the microwave!

You can also recycle books through the NYU bookstore- contact them for more information.

At the end of the year we will have donation bins for goodwill, so don’t throw out anything that someone could use! If you want to donate it today, the closest location is the Salvation Army Family Store, on 4th avenue between 11th and 12th street. They accept clothes, small appliances, linens and books but no furniture.

Fun Facts courtesy of our Recycling Services
Did you know that…

  • Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space?
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours?
  • Americans throw away enough aluminium every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet?
  • The number of ink and laser toner cartridges thrown away in one year is enough to circle the earth?

Length of time to decompose in a landfill:

Aluminium Cans : 100 Years
Plastic Bottles : 700 Years
Ink and Toner Cartridges : 1000 Years
Glass Bottles : 1,000,000 Years

So, one million years from now, your glass bottle will thank you for reusing and recycling. And today, we thank you. :)


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