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RECYCLE/COMPOST

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE & COMPOST!

SORTING MADE EASY:

  • Recycling is now single stream, meaning all recyclables are collected in any recycling bin.
  • Paper is no longer sorted separate from other recyclables such as plastic, glass, or metal.
  • Click to view & print informational posters:

Learn more, and request UMBC’s standard bins or labels for waste or recycling:

http://fm.umbc.edu/recycling-and-composting/

How to sort packaging for each dining option in the Commons:

COMPOST

WHAT TO COMPOST

  • All Food Waste: All left over food, no oil or liquids.
  • Soiled Paper Product: used napkins, paper cups, paper plates etc.
  • Plant-based Packaging (see the full list)

COMPOST LOCATIONS

WHY COMPOST 

  • Composting allows food and plants to decompose into fertile soil.
  • Waste decomposing in a landfill without oxygen creates methane, a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.
  • Learn more about composting at epa.gov!

Zero Waste Events: 

  • Choose compostable dishware and flatware for your next event
  • Student groups can request a portable compost & recycling bin and pick up service through events services  
  • Departments can request portable bins for events through or work control!
  • The new SGA Green Paws fund allows student organizations to acquire plant based compostable materials at no additional cost.
  • Learn more about planning green events: http://sustainability.umbc.edu/events/

RECYCLE

WHAT TO RECYCLE

  • Glass, plastic, metal, paper, and cardboard can all go in our recycling bins. Look for the blue bags & stickers!
  • Recycling should be clean and dry. No plastic bags or plastic film in recycling bins.
  • Recycling became single stream (meaning no more sorting out paper) in Spring ’18.

WHERE TO RECYCLE

OTHER RECYCLABLES (BULK, ELECTRONICS, ETC.)

REDUCE & REUSE 

  • Learn how to update your printer settings to double sided!
  • Skip the disposable cups and bottles- instead bring your own to save money and waste!
  • UMBC offers discounts at the register for refilling your own coffee mug on campus.
  • Several water bottle refilling stations are located around campus (such as the Commons, Library, and Residence Halls)
  • Don’t just toss plastic bags & waxy receipt, let the cashier know if you don’t need one.
  • Donate bulk items such as furniture through Facilities Management, Retriever Exchange or Retriever Treasure.