Campus Recycling is responsible for managing a comprehensive waste management system that focuses on reducing, reusing and recycling with disposal as a last resort. Campus Recycling is also actively engaged in outreach activities.
Oregon State University has had some form of recycling on campus since 1970. Beginning as a student volunteer organization that gathered paper from a few buildings on campus, Campus Recycling now employs over 30 students (in conjunction with Surplus Property) and three full time employees who collect from all buildings on campus and process millions pounds of recycling and compost per year (see below for the most up-to-date statistics).
Explore the menu links above and to the right to learn more about our program, services, and outreach activities.
Together Campus Recycling and Surplus Property make up a department called Materials Management, which is joined with Procurement and Contracts under the unit of Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management (PCMM). PCMM is a unit within Business Affairs.
Below are the waste weight and recovery rate estimates from July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016. These results do not include construction and demolition weights and are based on estimates.
|Waste Stream||FY16 Estimate|
*Recovery rate is a calculation of the percent of waste that was recovered (recycling + compost) in proportion to the total amount of waste generated (recycling + compost + landfill).
In comparison, in the 2015 calendar year, the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality estimates that the statewide municipal recovery rate was 46.5% (source) and Benton County's recovery rate was 41.2% (source). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in the 2014 calendar year, the national municipal recovery rate was 34.6% (source).
Campus Recycling also estimates that the university reused at least 375 tons of material through the sale of surplus goods and collection of donations from residence halls at the end of the year in FY16, making its estimated recovery rate including reuse 60.9%.
All of these statistics demonstrate that the university is performing well but also has much room to grow in the areas of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting.
Before contacting us, see if your request can be made more promptly by using our Online Service Request Form for:
If you have a question, it may be addressed on our FAQ page.
We can be reached via our department email or by contacting one of our staff members directly (see below).
Responds to recycling requests from the campus community, manages recycling collection, and supervises staff who complete recycling routes.
Coordinates recycling and surplus events, presentations, digital and print communications, pilot programs, assessment, and long-term planning.
Coordinates department compost requests and assists with presentations, signage, tabling and events.
Assists with programs, research, data collection and evaluation, event staffing and marketing and more.
Assists with programs, research, data collection and evaluation, event staffing and marketing and more.
Manager for Materials Management (Campus Recycling and Surplus Property).
How can I get my recyclables picked up?
Standard recycle bins for paper and containers (a.k.a. bottles and cans) are serviced once per week or once every-other-week, depending on your building's schedule. Find out when we'll be in your building here. If you have special materials or need additional bins, please use our online service request form to request pick-up. We will fulfill your request the next time we visit your building, or sooner if you indicate on the form that your request is urgent.
When will my building be serviced?
Visit our Locations & Schedule page to see where bins are located and when we visit your building. We service each building either every-other-week or once per week, depending on volume.
Where is the nearest recycle bin?
Campus Recycling has thousands of pickup locations distributed amongst all buildings on campus. To find the location nearest you, check our Locations & Schedule link. Additionally, Campus Recycling has approximately 60 exterior Walkway Recycling containers for use by pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
How can I request additional bins or signage?
To request additional bins, use our online service request form. Select which bin you need and select the "drop off" option in the drop-down menu. Additional signage can be downloaded here or if you would like to receive full color printed versions of any of these signs, please contact Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.
My recycle bin is overflowing. What should I do?
If your bin must be serviced immediately (i.e. cannot wait until your next service day), please use our online service request form to request pick-up. To prevent future overflow problems, please assist us in determining the reason for the overflow. If your bin is overflowing because you temporarily have additional recycling (e.g. clean-out project), the same online service request form can be used to request larger carts to suit your needs. Other reasons may be that the recycle bin is not on our route, is located in a locked room inaccessible to our crew or that your building needs more capacity. Contact us to discuss options and we'll find a solution together.
I am cleaning out my office, can you pick-up my paper more often?
While in most cases we are not able to pick-up more frequently, we are able to provide temporarily placed larger bins for clean-out projects. We can loan you one or more large carts, drop off extra bags, or, if none of these options work for you, we can do a special pickup. Please use our online service request form to request additional bins or a pickup.
Where can I get a compost bin?
To request composting for your department, use our online request form.
Do you recycle ____?
To see a full list of everything that can be recycled at OSU instructions on how to do so, please visit our Recycle Guide main page.
What plastic is recyclable?
On campus, we recycle four shapes of rigid plastic: Bottles, Tubs, Jugs, and Jars. These items should all be placed in any Containers recycling bin. Please visit our Container Recycling Guide and/or watch this video for further details on what plastic is recyclable.
What does the triangle on plastic items mean?
The triangle on plastic shows what type of plastic resin the item is made of. This DOES NOT determine whether the item is recyclable or not. Please use the shape of the plastic to determine if it is able to be recycled. Please visit our Container Recycling Guide and/or watch this video for further details on what plastic is recyclable.
How do I recycle Styrofoam?
We accept packaging peanuts to be reused (box/bag them, write "recycle" & place next to a regularly serviced recycle bin). We are able to collect other Styrofoam (blocks, sheets, etc.) in some cases; please view this video and/or contact us to discuss options.
Where do I take cardboard for recycling and how can I dispose of pizza boxes?
Around campus, flattened corrugated cardboard is recycled in cardboard cages, outside your building, typically next to your trash dumpster(s). Please remove all contents and plastic. See more about cardboard recycling here and in this video. EMPTY pizza boxes are only OK if not contaminated with food. Small amounts of oil are OK. Portions of cardboard saturated with oil may be torn off from the rest and either composted or trashed.
How do I recycle my batteries?
Based on EPA and DEQ guidelines, batteries require special handling as a potential hazardous waste, and therefore are collected by Environmental Health and Safety, not Campus Recycling. Battery collection bins are located across campus, including in the Valley Library (near JavaII, at the bottom of the staircase), as well as UHDS service centers (McNary, Arnold and Marketplace West).
If you have a large quantity, box/bag them and request pickup using the EHS online hazardous waste pickup request form. For more information, please contact Pete Schoonover via email or call 737-3127.
I need to recycle confidential material, what do I do?
Campus Recycling can collect and destroy confidential materials; consult our Confidential Materials Destruction page for more info.
In addition, many dining facilities on campus compost kitchen prep scraps and leftovers. Select residence halls also have composting options available. If you'd like to know more about why we do not currently offer public area compost bins, view this video.
Why are coffee cups not recyclable?
Besides the paper product being contaminated with food residue, there is also a plastic coating on most coffee cups. While there are some special cases for mixed materials being recyclable (see cartons in the containers and commingled recycle guides), the paper is still contaminated and therefore not recyclable. This is also described in this video.
How much is recycled at OSU?
See the most current statistics on how much the university is recycling on our about page.
Why should I recycle?
Learn about why recycling is important and the long history of recycling at OSU on our #BeavsRecycle page.
If you have questions not answered above, please contact us.
Campus Recycling accepted your questions in summer and fall of 2015 and now answers them in the videos below.
Trash Carts or Dumpsters (35 gallon - 6 cu yd): Fee varies based on size of container and number of pick-ups per week. Rates not to exceed City of Corvallis Commercial Rates for Manual Service.
Monthly Charge $14.57 to $1271.80
Fee varies based on type and size of container, number of pick-ups, and rental period. Rates not to exceed City of Corvallis Commercial Rates for On Call Service.
Monthly rent $12.75 to $31
Empty charge $10.60 to $81.60
Fee varies based on type and size of container, number of hauls, tonnage, delivery, relocation, rental period, container cleaning, and environmental fee. Rates not to exceed City of Corvallis Commercial Rates for Drop Boxes/Compactors.
Current Sample Rates:
Campus Recycling will coordinate disposal or recycling of special materials such as tires, appliances, asbestos, animal carcasses, or other. Rates not to exceed City of Corvallis Commercial Rates, Coffin Butte Landfill, or other vendor rates. Please contact us for assistance.
Learn more about our confidential materials destruction program here. Fees are as follows:
Learn more about our event recycling services here.
Auxiliary enterprises are financially self-sustaining units, which include student groups and many OSU departments that sell services or goods. If you don't know if your organization is an auxiliary, click here to see a list of OSU auxiliary enterprises and a more detailed definition. Fees for auxiliary enterprises are as follows:
It may be possible to waive the $20 base fee if a group can demonstrate that they can safely transport bins on their own.
This service is free to campus groups that are not auxiliaries.
We post openings on this page when they become available. We potentially accept applications throughout the year; if interested in applying, please contact Materials Manager Rae DeLay via email or 541-737-4341.
A general job description for student workers is below.
Follow links above under Current Openings (if applicable) to apply. For questions, please contact Materials Manager Rae DeLay via email or 541-737-4341.