Lafayette’s Single Stream recycling system allows you to toss plastic bottles, aluminum cans, paper, and more into the same bin – no need to separate them! You’ll see sets of trash and recycling bins paired together so it’s easy to make sustainable decisions with your waste.


  • White paper, colored paper, glossy paper, cardstock, newspapers and magazines, envelopes, non-metallic wrapping paper
  • Juice and Milk Cartons
  • Shredded Paper

Note: Staples may remain intact



paper copy

  • Paper plates and cups
  • Paper towels, napkins, tissues
  • Photographs
  • Wax paper
  • Food and drink containers made of plastics #1-7

Note: Containers should be emptied, labels may remain, and lids should be separated before recycling


plastics copy

  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Hazardous containers
  • Aluminum and steel/tin cans
  • Aluminum foil

Note: Containers should be emptied, labels may remain, and lids should be separated before recycling


alum copy

  • Pots, pans, utensils
  • Loose metal like hardware or paper clips
  • Aerosol cans and other hazardous containers
  • Batteries (see below)
  • Electronics (see below)
  • Glass jars and bottles for food and drinks (in the colors clear, green, and brown)

Note: Containers should be emptied, labels may remain, and lids should be separated before recycling


glass copy

  • Blue glass
  • Baking and cooking dishes
  • Ceramics
  • Lightbulbs
  • Mirror or window glass

Be sure to break down double-walled cardboard and shipping boxes so they lay flat. Breaking down boxes ensures that more cardboard gets recycled: flattened cardboard is easier to transport to larger recycling receptacles, making the process run smoothly and swiftly. Pizza boxes or any other cardboard contaminated with food cannot be recycled. If the flattened cardboard box is too large to fit in a recycling bin, you can neatly tuck it behind the bin against the wall.

The 2017 EcoReps made an instructional video about recycling cardboard

Old computers, televisions, radios, etc., may be dropped off annually at the “Electronics Recycling Day” single day event which occurs every Earth Week in April.


There are eight ‘Recycling Spots’ on campus, hubs where offices can recycle used batteries, ink cartridges, and pens and markers. For assistance in picking up supplies from the Spots, email or call (610) 330-3196. Off campus residents can recycle through the city of Easton.

  BATTERIES – Batteries, cell phones, and small electronics can be recycled in the “Big Green Boxes” found at each Recycling Spot. For safety purposes, place lithium metal, lithium ion, and lead acid batteries in plastic bags found on the side of the box. Alkaline batteries do not require plastic bags. When the battery collection box is full, you can fold the lid down to package it. Follow the instructions attached to the box, or find them here.

EMPTY INK AND TONER CARTRIDGES – Empty ink and toner cartridges can be recycled by placing them in the small box at each Recycling Spot. When collection bins are full, please email with the location, and they will be packaged and shipped through our MyBusinessRecycles program. Xerox toner products should not be placed in these bins; they are recycled separately through Reprographics.

USED PENS & MARKERS – Used pens, markers, and mechanical pencils can be recycled through our TerraCycle partnership. A small bucket can be found at each Recycling Spot. Drop off completely used/empty pens here, and contact the sustainability office when full. You can recycle any brand, as long as the utensils are not wooden.

Recycling Spot locations:

218 Kirby Sports Center

Farinon Student Center – room 132 Kunkel Hall – 3rd floor hallway
Oechsle Hall – room 304B Simon Center – study space by room 100
Van Wickle Hall – atrium Pardee Hall – Office of Sustainability room 120
Acopian Engineering Center – 3rd floor atrium Williams Visual Arts Building – help desk

If you have questions about recycling, please email or check out our common recycling answers!