Recycling Program User Guide

As members of the Augsburg community we are expected to demonstrate good stewardship in managing the resources in our care.

The goal of the Recycling Program is to enlist the entire Augsburg community in the recycling effort. We welcome your suggestions, questions and concerns about the recycling program. For information and to request special pick-ups, please call Custodial Services at x1640.

Augsburg now has single-stream recycling but please review what is recyclable and proper disposal.

Hennepin County Recycle: plastic, glass, metal, paper, cartons, cardboard
Hennepin County Recycle: plastic, glass, metal, paper, cartons, cardboard

Cartons

Rinse:

  • Milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Soup, broth, and wine cartons

NO: Paper or styrofoam egg cartons

Metal

Rinse:

  • Food and beverage cans
  • Aluminum foil and trays
  • Decorative tins and pie pans

NO: Paint cans or containers that held hazardous substances such as paint thinner and automotive fluid

Paper

  • Mail, office, and school papers
  • Magazines, newspapers, and inserts
  • Phone books
  • shredded paper in closed paper bags
  • Books (with hard covers removed)
  • Boxes:
    • Cardboard
    • Cereal, cracker, shoe, and gift boxes
    • Refrigerated food boxes
    • Toothpaste, medication, and other toiletry food boxes

NO: Paper ice cream tubs or coffee cups (Look for compostable coffee cups!!)

Glass

Rinse and leave lids on jars:

  • Food and beverage bottles and jars

NO: Drinking glasses, window glass, ceramics, or mirrors

Plastic

Rinse and leave caps on:

  • Bottles and jugs:
    • Water, soda, and juice boxes
    • Milk and juice jugs
    • Ketchup and salad dressing bottles
    • Dishwashing liquid bottles and detergent jugs
    • Shampoo, soap, and lotion bottles
  • Cups and containers:
    • Yogurt, pudding, and fruit cups
    • Disposable cups and bowls
    • Margarine, cottage cheese, and other containers
    • Produce, deli, and takeout containers
  • Packaging:
    • Clear packaging from toys and electronics

NO: Plastic bags (return to store such as Target), stryofoam, or containers that held hazardous substances such as motor oil or antifreeze

Cardboard Cans

Rinse:

  • Chips, nuts, and other snacks
  • Frozen juice and refrigerated dough
  • Powdered drink mixes and baby formula
  • Powdered cleaners

NO: Automotive grease or wax containers

Notify Custodial Services if you need a special pick-up. For example, you may have large shipping cartons or wish to recycle boxes of old catalogs or brochures.

Batteries and Ink Jet Printer Cartridges

Battery recycling at the ReUse Table (lower level Christensen) includes:

  • re-chargeable batteries
  • button batteries
  • alkaline batteries
  • small appliance batteries, etc.

(alkaline or pile alkaline, button batteries, carbon zinc (CZn), lithium (Li), lithium-ion (Li-ion), mercuric oxide, nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), nickel zinc (NiZn), and zinc air)

All types of ink jet printer cartridges are recyclable and can be remanufactured. They can be dropped off at places like Target or Best Buy.

Reusable Office Supplies

Drop off surplus office supplies at the ReUse Table in lower level Christensen. Examples of reuse items include:

  • file folders
  • ring binders
  • pens & pencils
  • index tabs
  • scissors, etc.

Feel free to take what you need. Given tight student or office budgets, this can save real money!

MANAGING WASTE: the unseen recycling program

While we recycle those materials that you expect, we also recycle many things you may not be aware of:

  • Facilities Management recycles old appliances, carpeting, auto batteries and some scrap metal.
  • Yard waste (i.e., grass clippings, leaves, branches) is kept in a separate dumpster for composting.
  • We have had tremendous success in recycling Augsburg’s cast-off furniture. Schools, shelters, and other charitable organizations have benefited from these reusable items.
  • IT recycles its old computers through a service that extracts the metals, after salvaging parts.

In addition, certain items must be kept out of the usual waste stream and disposed of in ways that are environmentally responsible. This usually involves using specially licensed contractors:

  • Burned out fluorescent light bulbs are taken to a special disposal site that extracts the mercury; hazardous waste that otherwise would end up in landfills and possibly in ground water. In the past those same fluorescent lights used ballasts containing PCBs. Such ballasts are also kept out of the waste stream and processed to render them less harmful to the environment.
  • Disposal of hazardous chemicals, bio-hazardous waste, and lab sharps (syringes, glass slides, etc.).

Even though the task of managing waste is complex, there are definite benefits to the environment and to the Augsburg community.

 WASTE PREVENTION: REDUCE, REUSE

The essential point of waste prevention is to reduce the amount of waste we generate in the first place. Waste prevention conserves natural resources, raw materials, and land otherwise needed for landfills. Waste prevention is also its own direct economic reward.

WASTE PREVENTION TIPS

Here are just a few of the simple things you can do to help. Please send us your tips so that we can pass them along to others.

  • Make two-sided copies. This saves money as well as paper.
  • Reuse the blank side of office paper for jotting notes.
  • Avoid printing on dark or brightly colored papers.
  • Reuse envelopes for sending on-campus mail or use multiple-name routing envelopes.
  • Use your own ceramic coffee cup instead of Styrofoam.
  • Share newspaper and magazine subscriptions with friends and colleagues.
  • Send correspondence through e-mail: avoid “snail-mail”.
  • Purchase quality goods; they will last longer and be more economical in the long run.
  • Offer to give away what you no longer need; one person’s trash may be another’s treasure.
  • Close the recycling loop by purchasing products made from recycled materials.