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Campus Glass Update

The University of Maryland, College Park is pleased to announce the launch of a new glass recycling collection program on campus. Purple dumpsters are now in place in targeted locations. Effective immediately, campus community members can use these purple receptacles to drop-off empty and clean glass jars and bottles, regardless of color. Glass bottles and jars can be recycled with any metal rings, lids, or paper labels still attached. Only individual glass bottles and jars should go into these dumpsters - no miscellaneous glass items can be accepted. Additionally, glass should not be contained in plastic bags for recycling. This graphic shows what can and cannot go into the purple glass recycling dumpsters.

Current Glass Recycling Drop-off Locations:

  • Parking lot of Mulligans Bar & Grill located at the campus golf course
  • Outside of Maryland Stadium, Gate E
  • Behind Annapolis Hall

glass recycling dumpster

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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.

 

Composting 

  • 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)

 

Landfill

  • 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.

Recycling Quiz

Do you have waste-sorting smarts to support Maryland in RecycleMania? Take this 10-question quiz about UMD recycling and find out.