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. 

Importance of Recycling 

Most items can be recycled. From paper and plastic to cell phones and computers, all used material can be broken down and reused. This is so important in taking care of our environment and preserving our resources. 

Natural gases go into the production of materials; when they are gone, we can't bring them back. Reducing the amount of new material being made conserves energy and keeps our carbon footprint smaller. Recycling and repurposing materials leads to a drop in air and water pollution as well. Using less resources produces less pollution. Recycling also reduces the amount of litter that ends up in our streets, parks, lakes, and even our backyards. Recycle your used items and help maintain the natural beauty of our planet. 

Our world is changing and growing. With everything becoming tech oriented, we are producing more equipment that takes longer to break down on its own, and this method of decomposition can leak harmful chemicals into the ground and water systems. Recycling is a big step in conserving material and preventing harmful chemicals from finding their way into our food supply. 

Recycling is cost efficient. Products made from recycled materials are often less expensive to manufacture and less expensive to purchase than products made from fresh material. 

With all these benefits, why wouldn't we recycle?

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 Widener's 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.


Aluminum beer and soda cans; bimetallic tuna and soup cans


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.


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.


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

(Wax coated boxes are not accepted.)


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. 


Local Recycling Efforts

Visit Chester City's website to check out how our neighbors are handling their recycling process. As a member of the Chester community, Widener University has joined and continues to support our city's cause to help improve the environment and help beautify the area.