PSU recycles as much waste as we can from every building on campus. A list of materials that Plymouth State recycles is available from our Physical Plant. If you live off-campus, we suggest that you visit the Town of Plymouth Recycling Center.
Last year the campus recycled over 170 tons of waste. We can still do more and, with your help, we will. In each residence hall and campus building, there are three main recycling bins. The first bin is for cans, bottles and plastics also known as co-mingled. The items that can be recycled in this bin are:
- Glass – Any clear and/or colored food or beverage containers
- Plastics – All plastic containers coded with the #1-7 recycling on them. This includes but is not restricted to soda bottles, milk jugs, yogurt, etc.
- Tin and Steel – Any empty container made of tin or steel
- Aluminum – Any empty aluminum cans, such as soda cans
Things that should not be recycled into this bin:
- Bottle caps, light bulbs, broken glass, ceramics, mirrors, plastic soda rings, shopping bags or cartons
The second of the three recycling bins is the mixed paper bin. Items that can go into these bins include:
- Office paper (printed paper, memos, etc.)
- Junk mail
- Classroom paper (notebook paper, handouts, etc.)
- Telephone books
- Fax/Printer paper
- Post-it notes
- Gift wrapping paper
Please take out any paper clips and/or staples
The third recycling bin is for waste products. This is for anything that does not fit the criteria of the other two recycling bins.
Here at Plymouth State University, we also recycle cardboard, however, this must be disposed of in the appropriately marked place near your local campus dumpster.
PSU participates annually in RecycleMania, a nation-wide competition that promotes both waste reduction and campus-wide recycling. It is a 10-week long competition where each school reports their recycling and waste data in order to track improvements and gain knowledge from other colleges & universities.
Recycling is an important part of sustainable living. As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, PSU has pledged to be 100% carbon neutral by 2050. In order to obtain this goal, every student needs to do his or her part by recycling as much as possible. For information, please visit http://plymouth.edu/office/physical-plant/departments/building-services-operations/waste-and-recycling/