This poster lists which items are suitable or unsuitable for single stream recycling.
Out of sight, out of mind. Have you ever stopped to consider what happens to the items we dispose of when we’re finished with them? Refer to the information and guidelines below to learn how waste is collected and measured at Yale, how these processes advance Yale’s sustainability goals, and ways to deal with a range of waste materials on campus.
- Best practices
- Single Stream recycling
- Shredded paper
- Electronic and regulated waste
- Reusable items
- Food and food waste
- Municipal Solid Waste
- Wood and brush
- Construction and demolition materials
- Bulky waste
- Lab equipment and supplies
- Writing instruments
To ensure that your materials are being disposed of properly, refer to the Best practices for signage and bins.
- The Recycle CT Wizard allows you to search specific items and learn whether or not they can be recycled.
- For a detailed list of materials that can and cannot be recycled on campus, visit recycling.yale.edu.
Any paper placed in the InfoShred bins will be shredded and recycled. Shredded paper cannot be recycled in single-stream recycling.
- Call (888) 926-2766 (ext. 5001)
- Email email@example.com
- Hand off your used printer and toner cartridges on your next scheduled delivery.
- Furniture for reuse
- Bread, pasta and grains
- Rice and beans
- Fruits and vegetables
- Cheese and yogurt
- Eggs and egg shells
- Meat, poultry and seafood
- Nuts and shells
- Coffee grounds, coffee filters, and tea bags
- Paper towels and napkins
The following items are unacceptable:
- Plastic or plastic film
- Excessive liquids or hot liquids
- Latex and rubber gloves
- Human and animal waste,
- Waxy paper
- Large quantities of oil or grease
- Toxic materials
Yale’s garbage, or Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), is collected by All American Waste. It is then brought to the New Haven transfer station and taken to the Wheelabrator, a waste-to-energy facility in Bridgeport, CT where it is incinerated.
According to Yale’s Sustainable Design Requirements, construction and demolition waste (e.g. concrete, drywall, bricks, etc.) from large construction projects at Yale may not exceed 2.5 pounds per square foot of the building’s floor area. Smaller projects must divert a minimum of 75% through reuse or recycling.
- If reusable (e.g. furniture), it can go to Goodwill Industries; Yale Transport, Receiving, and Storage; or it can be sold or exchanged through Yale’s Eli Surplus Exchange.
- A bulky item that has reached the end of its useful life goes to the New Haven Transfer Station or All American Waste, where recyclable materials are sorted out and non-recyclable parts are discarded.
- Pipette tip boxes
- Aluminum foil and trays
- Media, serum and saline bottles
- Plastic and glass (no pyrex)
- Paperboard (e.g. glove boxes)
- Rigid plastic packaging
- Cardboard boxes
- Pyrex glassware
- Plastic safety coated glass
- Plastic film (e.g. wrappers, plastic bags, etc.)
- Paper towels
- Any container previously holding acutely hazardous materials (see the “P” list)
- Pens and pen caps
- Mechanical pencils
- Markers and marker caps
- Permanent markers and permanent marker caps
- Paint brushes
- Colored pencils
- Wooden pencils.
Meeting our goals
By 2024, we hope to achieve a diversion rate of 60% to align with the State of Connecticut, and maintain or reduce overall amount of waste produced annually since 2017. See how we’re doing with our efforts to achieve this goal.
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