What Can Be Recycled?

Duke University supports single stream recycling, which means that paper, cardboard, metal, plastic and glass products can be commingled in any recycling bin on campus. Please contain corrugated cardboard boxes separately from traditional recyclables.

Keep all non-recyclables such as food, plastic bags, coffee cups, batteries, Styrofoam and any other contaminants out of the recycling stream.

Paper

ACCEPTED NOT ACCEPTED
Newspaper Food-soiled paper
Magazines and catalogs Coffee cups
Printer and copy paper Chinese-style takeout containers
Notebook paper Cartons (milk, juice, ice cream)
Envelopes and folders Plastic bindings and clips
Paper bags Hardcover books
Paperback books 3-ring binders
Post-It notes  
Shredded paper (bagged and tied off)  
Staples, tape and paperclips  

Cardboard

ACCEPTED NOT ACCEPTED
Cardboard boxes (broken down) Food-soiled cardboard
Paper towel and toilet paper rolls Pizza boxes
Boxboard and paperboard (cereal, pasta boxes) Takeout containers

Metal

ACCEPTED NOT ACCEPTED
Aluminum foil (clean) Batteries
Aluminum cans (soda, beer cans) Light bulbs
Steel cans (soup, vegetable cans)  
Aerosol cans (deodorizers, cleaning products)  

Plastic

ACCEPTED NOT ACCEPTED
#1-7 plastic bottles, cups and containers #6 Styrofoam products
Bottle caps (twisted onto bottle) #2/#4 Plastic bags and film

Glass

ACCEPTED NOT ACCEPTED
Glass bottles (all colors) Broken glass
Ceramics  
Mirrors  

Questions?

Contact Duke Recycles at 660-1448 or morgan.bachman@duke.edu