Single-Stream Recycling

Recycling common items is made easy at UMBC, just look for the blue bin!

Our campus is home to a single-stream recycling program, where paper, glass, plastic, and aluminum are collected together in the same bin. Facilities Management staff places and maintains the Recycling containers on campus.

Looking to recycle plastic bags, check out out webpage for more information!

Plastic Film Recycling

Get Involved Today!

  • Request recycling and composting bins and pick-up service for your next through event services
  • Contact us today, and join the Recycling and Waste Reduction Work Group of the Climate Action Steering Committee
  • Learn more, by taking a virtual tour of the Republic Services Material Recovery Facility (Recycling)

Plastic Jugs & Bottles

Clean & dry plastic jugs & bottles, please remove the tops before recycling. 


Some common include examples:

  • Soda/Water Bottles
  • Shampoo/Conditioner Bottles
  • Spray Bottles (remove nozzle)
  • Dish Soap
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Plastic Milk/Juice Jug

Aluminum/Steal Cans

Before placing can in bin, please empty all food, oils, and liquids. 


Some common examples include:

  • Aluminum Drink Cans
  • Canned Fruit & Vegetables
  • Canned Meats (Tuna, Chicken, etc.)
  • Any Other Non-Perishable Canned Food

Clean Cardboard

Cardboard must be free of any food residue. Pizza boxes cannot be recycled.

Some common examples include:

  • Cereal Boxes
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Paper Drink Holder
  • Paper Coffee Holders
  • Paperboard Snack Boxes
  • Coregulated Cardboard Boxes


All Paper Products

Any clean paper product

Common examples include:

  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • White Office Paper
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Construction Paper
  • Card Stock
  • Paper Mailers

Glass Bottles & Jars

Make sure to empty all food and liquid from the glass container.


Common examples include:

  • Pasta Jars
  • Mason Jars
  • Glass Milk Container
  • Glass Drink Bottles


This a full list of common items that cannot be placed in the blue single-stream recycling bins, and what bin they should be placed in:


  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Cups
  • Receipts
  • Juice/Milk Cartons
  • Pringles Cans
  • Solo Cups
  • Chip Bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Plastic Straws





  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Greasy Pizza Box




Do not place plastic bags or films in a blue recycling bin!

Instead look for the yellow bins for plastic film and bag recycling collection.