- Can I recycle plastic food and beverage containers ?
- Why can’t I recycle tissues, paper towels, napkins and toilet paper?
- Can I recycle Ziploc bags or plastic bags?
- Can I recycle pizza boxes, used paper plates, or paper cups?
- Can I recycle Styrofoam?
- What about batteries?
- Can I recycle magazines, newspapers, books?
- What should I do with light bulbs?
- What about e-waste?
- My room doesn't have a recycling bin. Where can I get one?
- Where does our waste and recycling go?
- How can I get involved in sustainability and recycling efforts at Hamilton?
Yes! Lids should be left on the containers but food and drink remains should be thrown in the trash first (it’s okay if there’s a small amount of leftovers on the container.)
Due to sanitary reasons, these materials are considered hazardous materials and must be thrown in the trash. Although they cannot be recycled, all toilet paper and paper towels on campus contain postconsumer recycled content.
Bring clean plastic bags to Beinecke (by the Mail Center package window) for recycling. Bags will be recycled via Hannaford Supermarket in Clinton.
Yes! Before placing these items in the recycling bin, empty any leftover food waste into the trash.
No. The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority will not recycle Styrofoam so it must be placed in the trash.
Alkaline batteries (like Duracell and Energizer) do not contain hazardous heavy metals and can be disposed of in the trash. Non-alkaline batteries contain these metals and must be disposed of properly to avoid landfill and ground water contamination. You can recycle any non-alkaline rechargeable batteries from cameras, watches, computers, and phones at select locations.
Yes! Books should be donated before they are recycled and can be dropped off in the entrance of KJ or the Science Center.
CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury and they need to be disposed of safely and properly. Hamilton collects and recycles CFLs. On campus, please give your burned-out CFLs to a member of the custodial staff, who will place them in a designated universal waste collection area. Faculty and staff should fill out an iService work order form.
For information on off-campus recycling of CFLs, please visit www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/id/univwast/where/index.htm or contact your local municipal solid waste agency.
Place computers and other electronic waste beside any garbage can. Physical Plant custodians will collect and recycle e-waste.
Send an email to the Recycling Task Force with your name and dorm name/room number!
All waste and recycling is brought to the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority in Utica. To learn more, check out the Authority's website.