Campus Recycling


No-Sort Recycling

UW-Milwaukee is a No-Sort campus!  Recyclables no longer have to be separated depending on if they are glass, paper or plastic; they now go into one bin.  This is also referred to as “Single-Sort Recycling.”

Through no-sort, recycling is made easier and more materials can be recycled, keeping them out of the landfills.

Accepted No-Sort Materials at UWM

When it comes to recycling, just remember the core four: cardboard, paper, bottles, and cans! 

  • Cardboard
    • Cardboard boxes (broken down and flattened)
    • Paperboard, such as cereal boxes (emptied)
  • Paper
    • Mixed paper and junk mail*
    • Newspapers, phone books, magazines and catalogs*
  • Bottles
    • Plastic Bottles and Containers with Caps (empty, lightly rinsed)
      • Look for the recycling symbol and number:
      • Glass bottles and jars (empty, lightly rinsed)
  • Cans
    • Aluminum cans

*Small amounts of glue, tape and staples are OK

Commonly Confused – These items go in the landfill (trash) bin.

By ensuring that trash goes in the trash can, you help keep our recycling clean!

  1. Pizza boxes
  2. Amazon mailers
  3. Grind coffee cups – even if they are empty, they are trash!
  4. Food
  5. Liquids
  6. Plastic grocery bags or plastic zip bags
  7. Plastic forks, knives, spoons, and straws
  8. Rubber gloves/PPE
  9. To-go items with food in them
  10. Styrofoam
  11. Candy wrappers/chip bags
  12. Foam board for school projects
  13. Damaged clothing (donate good condition items)
  14. Damaged ceramic cups, plates, bowls (donate good condition items)
  15. Damaged holiday decorations (donate good condition items)

Bulk Paper, Books, and Cardboard

Cleaning out your office or moving in and have a large amount of paper, books, or cardboard?  Please fill out a request using the Facility Services iServiceDesk or contact Lindsay Frost at  This is a free service.

Confidential Paper Shredding

UWM offers a service for confidential paper shredding.  Paper is collected in secured containers, then taken off site for shredding and recycling.  Please fill out a request using the Facility Services iServiceDesk or Contact Environmental Services at (414) 229-6466 or

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