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

  • Plastic Bottles and Containers with Caps (empty, lightly rinsed)
    • Look for the recycling symbol and number:
  • Aluminum cans, containers, pans (empty, lightly rinsed)
  • Glass bottles and jars (empty, lightly rinsed)
  • Steel cans and empty aerosol cans
  • Mixed paper and junk mail*
  • Cardboard and paperboard*
  • Newspapers, phone books, magazines and catalogs*
  • Cartons

*Small amounts of glue, tape and staples are OK

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

  1. Trash and recycling in 1 bag
  2. Pizza boxes
  3. Amazon mailers
  4. Grind coffee cups
  5. Food
  6. Plastic grocery bags/Ziplock
  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)

Shredded paper

UWM offers a service for confidential paper shredding.  Paper is collected in secured containers, then taken off site for shredding and recycling.
Contact Environmental Services for more information on confidential shredding: (414) 229-6466

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