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.


Mixed Paper recycling includes:

  • typing & copy paper
  • paper wrappers
  • envelopes (including window envelopes)
  • faxes
  • carbonless forms
  • glossy paper
  • tablet paper
  • newspaper & newsprint (including copies of Echo)
  • tractor-feed papers
  • green bar & manila folders

All colors are acceptable.  All paper can be written, drawn, typed, and printed on.  Staples, Scotch tape, and paper clips do not have to be removed.

Low grade paper is now recyclable in the same collection containers as office paper, which includes:

  • telephone books
  • catalogs
  • hard & soft bound books
  • corrugated cardboard
  • card stock
  • dark-colored & coated papers
  • notebooks with spiral metal binding
  • magazines


  • any kind of plastic
  • candy & food wrappers
  • carbon paper
  • vinyl or cloth tape
  • rubber bands & string
  • napkins & restroom waste paper (paper towels, toilet paper & facial tissue)
  • packing materials including shrink wrap, Styrofoam & cellophane
  • duct tape
  • recording tape
  • printer ribbons.
  • waxed corrugated boxes used for packing food or produce
  • pizza boxes or other items contaminated with grease or food waste

Follow These Simple Steps for Office area recycling:

  1. Separate recyclable and non-recyclable materials. Dispose of all non-recyclable materials: food, liquids, lids, caps, pumps, metallic & plastic foils, etc. Students living in residence halls will need to supply their own collection containers; a paper grocery bag works well.
  2. Rinse food containers. Beverage containers must be empty, but do not need rinsing.
  3. Periodically empty your recycling container into one of the collection containers located in the hallway near your area or the public recycling containers located in each residence hall (see posted procedures in residence halls). Delivering your own recyclables to the hallway bin is your vital contribution to the campus recycling effort.
  4. Do not store these materials in your office or room; empty containers create odors and attract pests!
  5. Flatten corrugated boxes and dispose of packing materials. Place flattened boxes behind the hallway recycle containers.
  6. A custodian will collect the hallway containers.  Recyclables are then hauled to a plant where it is re-manufactured.

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.


Can & Bottle recycling includes:

  • all aluminum and steel beverage containers
  • “tin” or bimetal food cans
  • all colors of glass bottles
  • disposable hard plastic cups
  • plastic bottles and beverage containers with a neck
  • bottles for milk, juice, detergent, shampoo, bleach, cooking oil, cleaning products, etc.


  • food waste
  • lids and soft plastic tubs (e.g. butter, yogurt)
  • Styrofoam
  • broken glass
  • window or plate glass
  • light bulbs
  • plastic bags & wrappers
  • prescription bottles
  • motor oil containers and other hazardous waste
  • toys
  • aerosol cans
  • scrap metal


Battery recycling includes:

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

All types of ink jet printer cartridges are recyclable and can be remanufactured.

Place recyclable batteries and ink jet cartridges in the appropriate containers at the Reuse Table in Christensen Center (located on the ground floor across from Murphy’s).


The reusable office supplies table has been a tremendous success. Drop off surplus office supplies at the Christensen Center Recycling Center. 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.


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.


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.