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Recycling at YHC

Aluminum, paper, cardboard and plastics (#1-5) can be placed in all designated receptacles on campus. Each of these containers features the College’s “Love Purple, Live Green” sustainability logo along with a chart that lists many commonly recycled items for each of the categories.

Recycling receptacles are strategically placed in administrative, academic buildings and residence halls and on the campus grounds, including 30 new 95-gallon bins. These containers will be routinely emptied and distributed to a recently installed compactor located next to the YHC Beetle Lab.


What can we recycle?

CAN be placed in campus recycling containers:    

  • EMPTY aluminum cans and rinsed baking tins
  • RINSED steel/tin food containers and clean lids
  • EMPTY aerosol cans
  • FLATTENED cardboard and paperboard (i.e. cereal boxes, tissue boxes, soda cartons, shoe boxes)
  • Newspaper, magazines, catalogs
  • Office paper (white and colored), envelopes (plain and windowed)—STAPLES AND PAPERCLIPS DO NOT NEED TO BE REMOVED
  • Paper bags (i.e. grocery, shopping, lunch) and construction paper
  • File folders, index cards, poster boards
  • RINSED AND FLATTENED plastic bottles with #1-5 recycling symbols (includes soda and milk bottles as well as many others)
  • Plastic shopping bags—PLEASE collect and bag within each other

CANNOT be placed in campus recycling containers:

  • Glass 
  • Food waste
  • Garbage (if it smells, do not recycle it)
  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Nasty tissues, napkins, toilet paper
  • Laminated or wax-coated paper
  • Hanging file folders
  • Paper with crayon or glue on it
  • Motor oil containers
  • Electronics and ink cartridges (save for special e-waste collection days)
  • Light bulbs
  • Window glass or mirrors
  • Ceramics or dishes
  • Construction debris
  • Yard waste