Below is a list of materials WMU currently recycles with our Single Stream Recycling system, and some common materials we do not accept. Recycling can go into one container, and no longer needs to be sorted.
Keep in mind that we collect recycling generated on WMU campuses. Recycling generated off-campus should be redirected to the City of Kalamazoo or your local area.
Remember, when in doubt, throw it out! To reduce possible contamination, if you are unsure if something is recyclable throw it in the trash.
What we Recycle
This includes paper from books, magazines, junk mail, folders, etc (staples are okay). Tie shredded paper in a clear plastic bag or collect in a brown paper bag before recycling.
Cardboard must be flattened before being recycled. We do not accept pizza boxes, those go in the trash.
Clean tin, aluminium, food cans, steel and lids with or without labels are okay to be recycled. Please rinse containers well.
Plastic bottles, jugs and tubs
Plastics containers labeled #1-7 should be rinsed and recycled. This includes plastic water bottles, personal care items, detergent bottles, food tubs and yogurt containers. Labels and plastic caps are okay to be recycled. Please remove any aluminum lids or covers before recycling.
Glass bottles and jars of any color
Rinse containers well and remove metal lids before recycling. Do not recycle Pyrex or broken glass, these go in the trash.
Not acceptable items
Although some of these items may be recyclable, our system currently does not accept them. Please consider reusing or donating the following items when possible before placing in the trash.
Absolutely no packing peanuts can be recycled. They can be reused or donated to local "pack and ship" stores that accept them, otherwise they should be put in the trash.
Anything stringy like hoses, wires, chains, cords, clothing, tarps, tubing, and cables must be put in the trash.
Plastic shopping bags may be returned to the retailer, otherwise put in the trash.
To-go cups, plates, trays, and containers soiled with food are not recyclable and should be put in the trash.
Food waste should be composted if possible, otherwise place it in the trash.
Hazardous waste and Universal waste