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Campus Glass Update

The processor of UMD's recyclable material is no longer accepting glass. Please do not dispose any glass products in campus recycling bins—all glass products should be disposed in the trash/landfill waste bins. The Office of Recycling & Solid Waste suggests reducing your use of disposable glass in favor of alternatives that can be reused or successfully recycled such as aluminum or plastic containers. View the official Campus Recycling Update for more information. Email recycle@umd.edu with any questions or concerns.  

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: very important words for a Terp to live by. Recycling is one of the greatest environmental success stories at the University of Maryland. Our commitment to single stream recycling and compost collection has helped maintain strong waste diversion numbers and spread sustainability knowledge on campus. Individual waste diversion is a crucial part of waste management on campus and everyone can support the effort by properly sorting their waste.

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Residence Hall Recycling & Composting


Single Stream Recycling

Acceptable Items:

  • Paper: Newspaper, magazines, computer paper
  • Plastic Containers: #1-7 bottles, jugs, trays, etc.
  • Cardboard: cereal boxes, frozen food packaging, etc.
  • Aluminum: cans, containers, foil, pie pans, etc.
  • Books: paperback, textbooks, hardback, phone
  • Steel/Tin Cans: soup cans, fruit cans, etc.
  • Waxed Cartons: milk and juice cartons, juice boxes

Unacceptable Items:

  • Plastic Bags/Film: grocery bags, sandwich bags, bubble wrap, etc. (When possible, collect these items and return to local grocery stores for recycling.  Otherwise, these items should go into the landfill bin.)
  • Styrofoam: packing peanuts, cups, egg cartons, insulation, etc. (even if the item has a recycling symbol)
  • Light Bulbs: incandescent nor compact florescent
  • Glass: jars, bottles, lab glass, windowpanes, mirrors, etc.
  • Toxic Materials Containers: motor oil, antifreeze, etc.
  • Auto Parts: tires, tail/headlights, windshield wipers, grilles, etc.
  • Medical Waste: bandages, surgical gloves/instruments, needles, etc.
  • Hazardous Waste: flammable, reactive, corrosive and/or toxic materials
  • Food Waste


Special Materials Recycling

In addition to single stream recycling items, the university also recycles: 

For more information on how to recycle these items, email recycle@umd.edu.



  • Food Waste: fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, etc.
  • Soiled Paper: paper towels, plates, tissues, napkins
  • Tea/Coffee: tea bags (with staples), coffee grounds, coffee filters
  • Paper Containers: pizza boxes; compostable cups and cutlery; waxed and soiled paper take-out containers, cups, and plates (empty cups of all liquid before composting)



  • Packets and Wrappers: condiment packets, candy and food wrappers, chip bags, etc.
  • Small Plastic Items: including lids and straws, creamer cups, plastic cutlery, etc.
  • Styrofoam: even if there is a recycle symbol on this item, Styrofoam is not recyclable on campus
  • Glass: jars, bottles, lab glass, windowpanes, mirrors, etc.