Learn about what how to sustainably manage waste at UD and the different ways UD responsibly addresses its waste.

We need blue bins, how do we get them?
Blue bins are provided by your department.


Students: request through your R.A. or Res Life

Offices and Classrooms: order through your department like any office supply item

I heard that stuff doesn't actually get recycled
FALSE! This is an urban legend on campus. Saw something and you’re concerned? Contact the Sustainability Manager, we investigate all reports.


  • UD delivers thousands of pounds of recyclable material each week to the DSWA Recycling Center at 1101 Lambsons Lane, New Castle DE
  • The Recycling Center can reject a truck if there is too much contamination mixed into the recycling. Please place recycling and waste in the correct bins!


Can I recycle plastic bags?
Not with the blue bins. No plastic bags, food wrap or other film plastics in Single Stream recycling.


  • Plastic Bags can be recycled in special bins at most grocery stores and big box stores
  • Plastic Bags damage machinery at the recycling plant and it’s crazy-dangerous to climb into those machines
  • BYO bag for regular shopping trips
What about spiral notebooks, staples, juice boxes?
There are a lot of special items out there and not every recycling center can accept them. In Delaware, we’ve go you covered.


  • Spiral notebooks are no problem, recycle them!
  • Envelopes with windows are so yummy, send them our way
  • Juice boxes and other waxed cardboard items are welcome, recycle away
  • Staples don’t stop this train, toss them in the blue bin
  • Glossy paper from fancy magazines is so recyclable in Delaware
  • Labels on containers are no problem, don’t worry about them

Styrofoam is a big “no-no”, sorry we can’t recycle that at this time.

UD completes 5th year of RecycleMania

In 2019, of 163 colleges & universities participating, UD ranked:

  • 125th in Diversion category, recycling 22.9% of total waste
  • 102nd in Per Capital Classic, recycling 9.5 lbs per student

Waste & Recycling Interns visit our Recycling Center

Join the intern team to see where your waste goes!

UD Wins DNREC Universal Recycling Grant

UD Sustainability was awarded +$100k in grant funding from DNREC’s Universal Recycling Grant! Check out the new bins in dining locations and download free informational posters on this page!

UD's Digesters divert food waste from landfill

Caesar-Rodney Dining Hall has two aerobic digesters that divert thousands of pounds of food waste from landfill each week. They also prevent storm water pollution by keeping food out of our dumpsters. Do your part: take what you’ll eat and eat what you take.

BYO Water Bottles

UD has over 50 water bottle refill stations across campus to keep you cool and hydrated. Reusable water bottles also reduce one of the biggest and most harmful sources of plastic pollution in Delaware’s water ways.

UD has a long way to go on recycling


UD Single Stream Recycling Rate, FY2017

Did you know?

Recycling started as a student-led initiative in the early 1990s. Students even drove the garbage trucks.


Delware Single Stream Recovery Rates FY2016

Did you know?

Delaware has one of the best recycling rates in the USA, in part thanks to Single Stream state-wide. Numbers reported are the most recent available, click here for details.

Recycling relies on us. What will your impact be?

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