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Recycling Program

Drexel University has adopted a single-stream recycling program in conjunction with our waste and recycling hauler, Republic Services. Single-stream recycling eliminates the need to divide recyclable materials into separate bins. Faculty, professional staff and students are now able to place any clean recyclable material, including paper, into any available recycling container, where it will be ultimately removed by housekeeping and picked up by University Facilities. Items must be clean and contain no food waste; for example, a used coffee cup or a plastic lunch container with leftover food inside are not recyclable because they are not clean.

All the collected recyclable material is picked up by Republic Services 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.

Bulk cardboard is also picked up from each building throughout the week and brought to a hydraulic baler. The bales of cardboard are picked up by our vendor, National Paper. Any type of cardboard is acceptable, as long as it does not contain food waste. National Paper also picks up old books, boxes full of paper and old files, and other miscellaneous paper-based items left out for Facilities 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.

Why Drexel Recycles

Saves Natural Resources - By making products from recycled materials, land is conserved and the need to drill for oil and dig for minerals is reduced.

Saves Energy - It usually takes less energy to make recycled products; recycled aluminum, for example, takes 95 percent less energy than new aluminum from bauxite ore.

Saves Clean Air and Water - In most cases, making products from recycled materials creates less air pollution and water pollution than making products from virgin materials.

Saves Landfill Space - When the materials that you recycle go into new products, they don't go into landfills or incinerators, so landfill space is conserved.

Saves Money and Creates Jobs - The recycling process creates far more jobs than landfills or incinerators, and recycling can frequently be the least expensive waste management method for cities and towns.

For information about the recycling program and future recycling plans, email

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