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
UD Wins at Grants!
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.
YES: newspaper, printer paper, fliers
YES: magazines and catalogues
NO: paper towels or tissues
YES: bottles & containers
NEW in 2017 – no need to remove bottle caps!
YES: shampoo, detergent, milk jugs
NO: plastic bags
YES: clear, green, brown
NO: light bulbs
YES: moving, cereal, or beverage boxes
YES: soft-back books
NO: hard-cover books
YES: metal cans
All the metal cans, food grade or other.
For batteries, electronics and other metal waste, contact EH&S Dept. with the form on the right.
YES but you have to go through this page for pickup. Official UD waste only, no residential or off-campus waste, sorry.
Contact Dept. of Health and Safety
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?
Avoid the 'C' word: Contamination. Recyclables only in the Recycle bin please.
It's always better to recycle than make new products. Glass is the least 'efficient'; it takes 21% less energy to recycle glass than make new.
The vast majority of food that goes into the Caesar-Rodney digesters comes off our plates. Very little is from kitchen scraps.
BYO bag when you go shopping: Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags every year, wasting 12 million barrels of oil.
All available cleaning chemicals used by UD Custodial Services are Green Certified.
FAQ for Recycling on Campus
We need blue bins, how do we get them?
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
- 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?
- 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.