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Current Recycling System

This recycling system is called "Single Stream Recycling," which accepts paper, plastic, glass, and metal products.  However please follow the Recycling Guide's "Dos and Donts" to know which specific items can and cannot be recycled at UW Oshkosh, as well as best practices for doing so.

What to Recycle 

(Please rinse/clean out all metal, plastic, and glass products before placing them into recycling bins)


(Place LOOSE inside recycling bins)

  • Newspapers and advertisement inserts 
  • Paper bags (e.g., brown grocery bags)
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Corrugated cardboard (place large boxes beside bins)
  • Office paper (printer/copier of all colors) and paper cards (e.g., greeting cards)
  • Junk mail and envelopes (envelopes with windows are okay)
  • Beverage packs (e.g., soda and beer 6/12/24 packs)
  • Paperboard products (e.g., cereal boxes, tissue boxes and notepad backs)
  • Cardboard tubes 
  • File folders (remove metal hangers from hanging type folders)
  • Shredded paper (contained in a paper bag and not loose)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aerosol spray cans (without plastic nozzle)
  • Metal cans (e.g., food cans) including tin, steel, and bi-metal
  • Metal lids from glass bottles and jars (no bottlecaps, however)

(Lids larger than 4" can be recycled separately, while lids smaller than this should be screwed onto the bottle they came with. This prevents small plastics from falling through machinery and contaminating the glass recycling process going on below!)

  • Bottles
  • Jars 
  • Jugs 
  • Cartons 
  • All Plastic Containers
    • Milk and Cream cartons
    • Produce containers
    • Deli containers 
    • Dairy containers

(Metal caps can be recycled, but must be removed from containers)

  • Bottles 
  • Jars 
Do NOT Recycle

(Unfortunately at this time we are unable to recycle these items. Please throw away with your other landfill waste.)

  • Pizza boxes (tops, if unsoiled, may be recycled)
  • Personal hygiene paper products (e.g., facial tissues)
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Paper with food on it (although you may be able to compost it!)
  • Paper cups used for fountain beverages (such as those from Reeve)
  • Styrofoam containers and packaging materials
  • Containers that held motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, pesticides, paint or other hazardous/flammable materials
  • Window glass or kitchen glass, drinking glasses, canning jars, glass baking dishes
  • Ceramic plant flats and pots (although the UW Oshkosh Community Garden or Growing Oshkosh may be able to use them! Contact to arrange a pickup/drop-off)
  • Light bulbs
  • Aluminum foil and aluminum cooking trays
  • **Plastic bags, film, wrapping cannot be recycled in the regular bins. Click here for info about how to recycle these types of plastic.

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