Special Recyclables

How To Recycle It at OSU

These items cannot go in paper, container or cardboard bins, but can be recycled if collected separately. Please read the instructions for each item on how to recycle it.

Images of special recyclables

Item(s) How to Recycle
Confidential Materials

Please see our Confidential Records Destruction page.

Electronics

All e-waste, working or not, should be sent to Surplus Property via a Surplus Pick-up Request. Electronics are either resold or recycled, depending on their condition. Please see our E-Waste page for more information.

Ink/Toner Cartridges
Collect in a box, mark “recycle” & place next to a regularly serviced recycle bin (our crew will pick it up the next time they’re servicing your building).
Electronic Media (CDs, floppy disks, cassettes, VHS tapes & their cases)
Collect in a box, mark “recycle” & place next to a regularly serviced recycle bin (our crew will pick it up the next time they’re servicing your building).
Packing Peanuts

Polystyrene peanuts are not easily recycled, however, they are completely reusable (we reuse them for shipping)! We accept both plastic and biodegradable peanuts. For Styrofoam blocks & sheets, see “Styrofoam,” below.

Please bag or box them, mark “recycle” & place next to a regularly serviced recycle bin (our crew will pick it up the next time they’re servicing your building).

Styrofoam

We are able to collect and recycle Styrofoam packing material (blocks and sheets) from OSU departments if it is separated into a bag or bin; please contact us to discuss options.

Special Plastics (hard or film plastics not accepted in commingle)

We may be able to collect these hard-to-recycle plastics if they are sorted out separately. Please contact us to discuss options.

Batteries

Classified as hazardous waste, batteries are recycled by Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), not Campus Recycling.

Place in nearest battery recycling bin (Valley Library or UHDS service center) or request pickup using EHS's online hazardous waste pickup request form.

Scrap Metal & Wood
Request pick-up using our online request form or call at 7-2925. If you need a dumpster or bin to collect this material, please call to make arrangements.
Compost

Please see our Department Compost page for the options we currently offer.

Go to the Recycling Guide main page