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Recycling Program

Drexel University implemented its first recycling program in 1997. Today, more than 30 percent of the University's waste stream – over 900 tons – is recycled annually. Drexel practices single-stream recycling, which eliminates the need to divide recyclable materials into separate bins.

All the collected recyclable material is picked up by our recycling vendor and sent to a local sorting center. The single-stream process takes the guesswork out of where to put various types of recyclables and allows the University to capture more recycling from the waste stream, reducing the amount of waste sent to a landfill.

Place any clean recyclable material into any available recycling container, where Facilities personnel will remove it. Items must be clean and contain no food or liquid waste; for example, a plastic lunch container with leftover food inside or a half-empty soda bottle are not recyclable because they are not clean.

Plastic bags, wrap and film can be recycled in designated recycling bins, not in regular co-mingled recycling containers.

Bulk cardboard is also picked up from each building throughout the week. Any type of cardboard is acceptable, as long as it does not contain food waste. Old books, boxes of paper, old files, and other miscellaneous paper-based items may be left out for Facilities personnel to pick up. Please do not place sensitive material out for pick-up – this material should be shredded and properly disposed. Drexel University's Records Management Policy outlines proper destruction methods.

The Handschumacher Dining Center, on the University City Campus, has a food digester, which uses active microbial biology to rapidly breakdown food scraps into water, thus reducing food waste.