Residence Hall Recycling Program

In 2007, Notre Dame switched to single-stream recycling on campus, allowing clean paper, and plastics to be collected in the same recycling container.  Single stream recycling is convenient, but in order to make the process more effective and ensure that our recyclables are being recycled, we need to refocus our efforts on collecting clean and contaminant-free recyclables.  We are currently piloting a recycling program in Residence Halls.  Once a residence hall solution is implemented, the team will quickly focus on necessary changes for office and academic spaces. This new approach is designed to create traceability and allow the broader campus community to follow their recycling beyond the bin.

You will notice several changes to our previous method of collecting recycling, but three are fairly significant, and when followed will have a substantial impact in helping the University reach its goal of 67% diversion by 2030:  

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  • No plastic bags will be used in any part of the collection process
  • Transitioned to a centralized model of recycling collection
  • Back to basics recycling
    • Clean paper, including newsprint, copy paper, and magazines
    • Clean plastic items numbered 1 - 2
    • Clean metal cans and aluminum food and beverage containers
    • Clean, empty cardboard - no wax coating, please. This will be collected in a designated cart behind your dorm.

Everything else (including plastic bags and plastic packaging) belongs in the trash

For specialty item recycling:

  • For obsolete electronics, submit an AiM work order using the problem code of RECYCLING.  For all other electronics, submit an AiM work order using the problem code SURPLUS. Smaller electronic items MUST be in a container for pick-up.
  • Broken household items – these go in the trash!
  • Batteries and non-university cell phones: These go in the battery buckets, located in Hammes Mowbray Lobby, DeBartolo Hall Help Desk Room 115, outside the former ITC Building Computer Service and Repair Office, Rockne Memorial Building Front Desk, and the Main Building West Side Entrance Recycling Station
  • Toner Cartridges: Submit an AiM work order using the problem code RECYCLING to schedule a pick-up.  Please be specific as to the location, the number of cartridges to be picked up, and include a contact name and phone number.

As significant fluctuations in worldwide recycling markets continue to take place, coupled with the changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the temporary pause of single-stream recycling in all non-residence hall buildings will remain in effect (see other continued recycling below).  The collection of clean cans, bottles, paper and cardboard for recycling in the residence halls will continue this fall.

Please know, as the University continues to return to normal operations, both the Building Services and Recycling Services team members are working together to find and implement a solution that would end the temporary recycling pause.  While we understand that this continued pause is concerning to many of us, please be assured we will keep working to find the best way to care for our common home.

If you are still unsure as to whether or not your item is recyclable, you can always contact our team at green@nd.edu. When in doubt, it is better to throw it out.

Missing your recycling signage of what you can and cannot recycle?  Click here for a printable version.

Recycling bins are serviced according to the following schedule and is subject to change. If your recycling toter needs to be emptied before your scheduled pick-up day, contact Building Services by phone at 1-5615 or by email at buildser@nd.edu to schedule an additional pick-up.

 
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Alumni Baumer Badin Breen-Philips Cavanaugh
Dillon Carroll Howard Dunne Keenan
Keough Duncan Lewis Farley Stanford
Ryan Fisher Morrissey Flaherty St. Edwards
Welsh Family Lyons Sorin Johnson Family Zahm
  McGlinn Walsh Knott  
  O'Neill   Pasquerilla East  
  Pangborn   Pasquerilla West  
      Siegfried  

What does not go in the recycling bin?

  • Food and liquids
  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Styrofoam
  • Hot beverage cups
  • Plastic utensils
  • Flexible packaging and multi-laminated materials
  • Sticky notes
  • Electronics including CDs
  • Used tissues, wet paper towels, and broken household items – these go in the trash!
  • Batteries and non-university cell phones
  • Toner Cartridges

Continued Campus Recycling Opportunities in Non-Residence Buildings

Cardboard: Any flattened cardboard placed in a designated cart next to a trash dumpster will be picked up by Notre Dame’s recycling crew.  Note: during move-in week 2021, Notre Dame was able to collect approximately two tons of cardboard for recycling! If you have an abundance of cardboard, please submit an AiM work order to schedule a pick-up

Electronics: For obsolete electronics, submit an AiM work order using the problem code RECYCLING.  For all other electronics, submit an AiM work order using the problem code SURPLUS. please be specific to the location, the types of electronic items to be picked up, and include a contact name and phone number.  Smaller electronic items MUST be in a container for pick-up.

Small Appliances and Toner Cartridges: Please submit an AiM work order to schedule a pick-up using the problem code RECYCLING.  If you do not have access to submit a work order, please call the Work Control Center at 574-631-8888 and they can submit an order for the work on your behalf. Please be specific to the location, the number of cartridges to be picked up, and include a contact name and phone number.

Batteries and non-university cell phones: These go in the battery buckets, located in the Hammes Mowbray Lobby, DeBartolo Hall Help Desk Room 115, ITC Building Computer Service and Repair Office, Rockne Memorial Building Front Desk, and the Main Building West Side Entrance Recycling Station.

University Cell Phones, Tablets, and Computers: submit an AiM work order using the problem code of SURPLUS to schedule a pick-up.

How do I recycle off-campus?

  • Non-university paint, pesticides, aerosols, products that contain mercury, and tires: These items can be disposed of through St. Joseph’s County Solid Waste Management.  Visit their website for more information about accepted materials and drop-off locations.
  • Paper/Plastic/Glass/Aluminum: Single stream is common off-campus but please check your local township for specifics on accepted items: City of Mishawaka and South Bend
  • CFL light bulbs: Intact bulbs can be disposed of at St. Joseph’s County Solid Waste Management Household Hazardous Waste drop-off site as well as some local hardware stores.
  • Electronics & Appliances:  The Solid Waste Management District of St. Joseph County collects obsolete electronics at the District Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) location, and all electronics are accepted free of charge. Best Buy also accepts outdated electronics for recycling (some are accepted free of charge, some are accepted for recycling for a fee).  Please check their website before visiting.

Any general questions, please contact the Office of Sustainability via email at green@nd.edu.