Avoiding Contamination When Recycling
Recycling at BGSU is a great way to make a sustainable impact on campus, but some items cannot be recycled. Before recycling, make sure that the item is recyclable and that it does not contaminate the rest of the bin. Plastic bags can be disposed of only in the specially labeled containers found in the Student Union and Falcon Heights lobbies. One exception to the plastic bag rule is that if you wish to recycle shredded paper, it must be placed in a clear plastic bag. More common items that cannot be recycled are straws, Styrofoam, paper towels, tissues, food and food containers. Coffee cups are also a source of contamination and only the clear plastic drinking cups can be recycled. Cardboard is recyclable; however, be sure to place any cardboard in the large orange dumpsters marked “cardboard only.” For additional information on recycling and how to avoid contamination, visit our website. With your help, we can continue to reduce waste and encourage sustainability at BGSU.