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Recycling Opportunities

Princeton University promotes reuse and recycling of unneeded materials. A poster with information for the most common recyclable materials is available on the Building Services website. Receptacles for mixed paper, bottles and cans, and batteries are available upon request through Building Services (8-8000). The following is a partial list of recycling opportunities, along with the person to contact for more information.

Item Procedure Contact
Aluminum foil* Bottles and cans receptacles Patricia Potts, Building Services
Anti-freeze Collected by Garage or EHS Chuck Gash (Garage) or Kyle Angjelo (EHS)

Batteries

  • Lithium
  • Alkaline
  • Magnesium
  • Mercury
  • Nickel Cadmium
  • Lead Acid
Battery receptacles or special arrangement with Building Services Patricia Potts, Building Services
Car batteries Collected by Electric Shop or Garage Ken Grayson (Electric) or Chuck Gash (Garage)
Computers Must go through Surplus Sam Formica, Purchasing
Concrete and asphalt Special recycler Patricia Potts, Building Services
Electronic equipment Must go through Surplus Sam Formica, Purchasing
Food - Uneaten Donated to local soup kitchens Sue Pierson, Dining Services
Food Wastes Used for animal feed Patricia Potts, Building Services
Fluorescent bulbs containing mercury Marked bulb boxes collected by Building Services Patricia Potts, Building Services

Glass, Aluminum and Plastic

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Detergent/softener containers
  • Aluminum, steel, tin cans
  • Plastic drink bottles
  • Empty chemical containers
  • Paper juice and milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Yogurt containers
Bottles and Cans recycling receptacles Patricia Potts, Building Services
Lead shielding Through EHS - redistribute to other labs or universities Kyle Angjelo(EHS)
Mercury and mercury-containing equipment Collected with chemical waste or by appointment Joan Hutzly, EHS
Oil Collected with chemical waste or may be brought to Garage Kyle Angjelo(EHS) or Chuck Gash (Garage)

Paper*

  • Brown paper bags
  • All office paper
  • Cardboard
  • Envelopes
  • Magazines
  • Manila Folders
  • Magazines
  • Paperback books
  • Phone books
  • Post-Its
Paper recycling receptacles Patricia Potts, Building Services
Packing Peanuts Arrange through EHS - donated for insulation Kyle Angjelo(EHS)
Pallets Arrange through Building Services Patricia Potts, Building Services
Pipette tip containers Collected by Molecular Biology for Fisher Scientific Mary Zikos, Molecular Biology
Scrap metals Special arrangement with Building Services Patricia Potts, Building Services
Soldering scraps Collect with hazardous waste Patricia Potts, Building Services
Tires Collected by Garage Chuck Gash (Garage)
Transparencies May be sent to 3M-Gemark for recycling (does not have to be a 3M product) 3M

*Aluminum foil and pizza boxes can only be recycled if they have not been soiled. Recycling facilities will not accept food contaminated aluminum foil or pizza boxes because of the rodent problem they often create.

       
       
     

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