Recycling

As a major metropolitan university, Widener embraces a campus-wide recycling program. Widener aims to provide easy and convenient ways for students, staff, and faculty to recycle, making a positive impact on issues such as solid waste disposal, resource consumption, and environmental pollution on a broader scale.

Where to Recycle on Campus

Did you know you can recycle all plastic, glass, cardboard materials, and paper just about anywhere on campus? Every academic building has a recycling bin, as do all administrative buildings. Be sure to look for the blue bins labeled "Recycling." Each Residence Hall on Main Campus also has a recycling bin. Contact your residence assistant to find our where yours is located.

What to Recycle on Campus

Recycling at Widener University is co-mingled, meaning you can recycle any recyclable goods in any of the recycling bins located on campus. Recyclable materials include cans, glass, paper, cardboard, and plastic. See the list below for what specific types of items should be recycled.

Cans

Aluminum beer and soda cans; bimetallic tuna and soup cans

Glass

Glass containers of all colors (clear, green, and amber/brown)

How to prepare for recycling: Rinse all containers. Labels may stay on but metal caps may not. (Since our recycling program co-mingles, the lid may still be recycled, but it needs to be removed from the glass or jar.) It is best if the glass is left intact.

Paper

Lined or plain paper, folders, catalogs, junk mail, envelopes, newsprint, magazines 

(Waxed or plastic coated paper not accepted.)

How to prepare for recycling: Keep clean and dry. Cellophane windows may remain on envelopes. Please do not place paper products in plastic grocery bags or any other non-paper products.

Cardboard

Food boxes (like cereal, pasta, or crackers), shipping boxes, and packing cardboard

(Wax coated boxes are not accepted.)

Plastic

Plastic is categorized by a numerical code, ranging 1 through 7. This number can be found on the bottom of most plastic materials. PET/PETE #1 and HDPE #2 are accepted.

  • PET/PETE #1 (polyethylene terephthalate) is the material used to make many of the bottles for soft drinks, water, sports drinks, ketchup, and salad dressing, as well as peanut butter, pickle, jelly and jam jars.
  • HDPE #2 (high density polyethylene) is the material used to make many of the yogurt and margarine tubs, milk, water, and juice bottles, cereal box liners, as well as grocery and trash bags.

Hint: Any plastic bottle that has a neck smaller than its bottom can be recycled.

(Plastic retail bags are not accepted. Some local supermarkets have recycling bins for them right by their front doors.)

How to prepare for recycling: Rinse all containers. Labels may stay on but lids may not. This allows for the plastic to be crushed in the recycling process.

Respecting the System 

Although Widener's recycling system is co-mingled, this does not mean that it's acceptable to dump bags of various materials in the recycling bins. Please be cognizant of the contents that you are recycling, making sure that they fall into one of the categories above.

For example, if you get your lunch at Burger Studio, do not just throw the bag of trash in the recycling bin. Look through the items to be sure that they are all appropriate to the bin you are placing them in, or separate them accordingly.