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How to Maximize Your On-Campus Recycling

Many Drexel Dragons are committed to green living and the environment, including making sure they recycle whenever the option is available. Maybe you are one of these Dragons yourself. But does every environmentally conscience member of the Drexel community recycle effectively? Below are some points about campus recycling that you may not have known:

  • Any recycling option is a good option. There’s a slot for paper and a slot for plastic, and you’ve put your recyclable item in the wrong place. Do not fear! Whichever campus you’re on, the University supports a single-stream recycling program, which means it’s all going to the same place anyhow. If your item is in fact recyclable and not contaminated, any recycling receptacle will do!
  • Paper coffee cups are contamination. Think twice next time you go to recycle your cup of morning Joe. Paper or cardboard cups are not recyclable, and if you throw them in when there’s still some coffee left, you risk contaminating that whole bag of recycling. Even if the cup says it’s made from recyclable material, the way they are lined make them unusable. Only throw plastic coffee cups (usually for iced beverages) in the recycling bin!
  • Food and recycling don’t mix. It’s not just coffee that could render a whole bag of recyclables useless. Food containers and wrappers are another culprit. As a general rule, just remember that food and liquids do not play nice with recycling.
  • The bigger, the harder it is to recycle (but still possible). If you’re generally not sure what Drexel recycles, visit this page to get in the know. Note that certain specialty items require a trip to specific recycling bins, and others require submitting a work request to be picked up. Still not sure? Email recycle@drexel.edu with any recycling questions.