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Miscellaneous Recycling

*NOTE: Items listed below should not be placed in the blue single stream recycling bins. Please read instructions on where to properly recycle each item. 


  • Accepted: NiCd, lead acid, button batteries, etc.
  • Not Accepted: Alkaline (i.e. AA, AAA, D)
  • Contact Environmental Health and Safety at 605-688-4264


  • Students
    • Drop off bins are located in Bailey Rotunda Breezeway, University Student Union and Larson Commons.
  • Faculty
    • Once you collect books that you are ready to give away, follow these steps:
      • STEP 1: Contact Hilton M. Briggs Library to see if any material could be added to the library collection. The archival collection may also be interested in any theses, books, lecture notes, etc. written by SDSU faculty, staff or alumni. Accepted materials will be picked up by the library staff.
      • STEP 2: If Briggs Library does not accept the materials, there are two options:
        • Several organizations collect used books to support various programs. Individuals are able to donate books by shipping books to a designated location. A couple examples organizations include Better World Books and Books for Africa.
        • Books can also be placed in campus paper recycling bins. Tear off all hard covers and remove any spiral binding prior to disposal. Only glue binding is O.K. on both soft and hard cover books. Plastic, metal or any other type of binding cannot be recycled and must be taken off before the rest of the book is placed in the recycling bin. Please contact Facilities and Services at 605-688-4136 if extra bins are needed for collection or to schedule a special pick up.


  • Accepted: Lab chemicals
  • Contact Environmental Health and Safety at 605-688-4264


  • Accepted: SDSU computers, printers, phones, scanners other electronics a with hard drive (IT), or anything that has an electric cord or doesn't have a hard drive (EHS).
  • Contact Information Technology at 605-688-6776 or Environmental Health and Safety at 605-688-4264.

Fluorescent bulbs, ballasts and CFLs

  • Contact Environmental Health and Safety at 605-688-4264.

Ink and Toner Cartridges

  • Accepted: All types and brands of ink and toner cartridges.
  • Drop-off locations are in Chicoine Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Hall (recycling room #120), Daktronics Engineering Hall (recycling room #157) and Bailey Rotunda Breezeway.


  • Accepted: Oil and latex
  • Contact Environmental Health and Safety at 605-688-4264.

Surplus Property (State Supply Only)

  • Contact Property Management at 605-688-5816.

Used Oil

  • Accepted: All types
  • Not Accepted: Car oil
  • Contact Environmental Health and Safety at 605-688-4264.