Recycling @ UC

Beginning in 2019, the University of Cincinnati was awarded the EPA Recycling Grant. This award was used for the implementation of ErgoCan recycling and landfill stations throughout UC’s heavily traversed and occupied buildings. The initial ErgoCan stations replaces hundreds of miscellaneous waste and recycling containers throughout the academic buildings of McMicken Hall, Swift Hall, Braunstein Hall, the Old Chemistry building, the Engineering Research Center, and in the lobbies of the residence halls of the Campus Recreation Center Hall, Dabney Hall, Daniels Hall, Morgens Hall, Schneider Hall, Scioto Hall, Sidall Hall, and Turner Hall, several of the campus libraries, and in the Campus Recreation Center. Additionally, UC Clermont College, one of the University's branch campuses have stations implemented in all of their facilities. UC received this grant again in 2020 and 2021 to expand the placement of the ErgoCan stations. 

Examples of acceptable items for recycling

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Diverting waste from the landfill through recycling is integral to the University’s efforts of reducing its carbon footprint, minimize its negative impact on the environment. As Rumpke continues to have a growing capability for recycling materials, the list of acceptable items continues to expand.

Rumpke Recycling offers residential customers a convenient, comprehensive recycling program to enhance the recycling effort and reduce the amount of material sent to the landfill.

While the full list of acceptable materials may vary slightly in some locations, residents can typically recycle the following:

  • Glass Bottles & Jars (all colors).
  • Metal Cans: Aluminum cans, steel cans and lids, empty aerosol cans with the lids and tips removed (Non-hazardous, non-flammable material only).
  • Plastic Bottles (empty, crush, reattach lid): Bottles and jugs that have a small mouth and wider base, such as milk jugs, soda bottles, laundry detergent bottles, water bottles, shampoo bottles and contact solution bottles
  • Plastic Tubs: Containers for butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, Jello and fruit slices would fall into the tub category. Lids should be reattached prior to recycling.
  • Plastic Cups* (remove/discard straw, reattach lid): Fast food beverage cups.
  • Paper: newspaper, magazines, cardboard, mixed office paper and envelopes, paperboard (cereal boxes), pizza boxes free of food debris and grease, telephone books and catalogs.
  • Paper Cups (remove/discard lids, straws and stoppers): Fast food beverage cups, coffee cups, Dixie cups.
  • Cartons: food and beverage cartons, such as milk, juice, soup, wine, broth and other cartons.

*No cups will be accepted in Central Kentucky

See more on plastic recycling.

Recycling Tips

  • Mix all items together – no separation required
  • Empty all bottles, jugs and cans
  • No need to remove labels
  • For plastic bottles, empty, crush and reattach lids
  • For cartons, remove plastic caps and straws
  • NEVER place medical sharps or needles in the recycling
  • DON’T use plastic bags

NOT for Recycling

No plastic bags, cassette tapes, bed sheets, hangers, metal chains, garden hoses, batteries, needles, syringes, electronics, polystyrene foam, buckets, car parts, food, yard waste, light bulbs, drinking glasses, ceramics, pots, pans, and scrap metal.

What should you do if an All Recycling container requires attention?

Facilities Management staff is responsible for placing, emptying and maintaining the All Recycling containers in the public areas of campus.  Please contact our Customer Service Department at 558-2500 to report that an All Recycling container requires attention.

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