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Recycling Guide

SDSU Recycling Guide. Cans, paper, cardboard, glass, and plastic (bottles, tubs, and jugs) can be recycled. No plastic bags, food, or liquid can be recycled. For more information, visit
Trash. Disposable plates and cutlery; paper towels and napkins; plastic bags; cups, straws, and lids; and food and wrappers go to the trash. When in doubt, throw it out. For more information, visit

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What can be recycled?

In general, paper, cans, cardboard and plastics can be recycled. Refer to the recycling guide above for a specific list of what can and cannot be recycled at SDSU. It is important to only place recyclable items into the recycling bin, as this ensures that the material is recycled and is of high quality.*

Where do I put recycling?

SDSU uses a single stream recycling system which means all recycling (cans, paper, plastic, etc.) goes into one bin and does not need to be sorted**. All recycling bins are blue for easy identification.

Can plastic bags be recycled?

Due to regional recycling industry standards, plastic bags are not recyclable.

*Placing non-recyclable items into the recycling bin not only affects the quality of the recycling, but can also impact the entire recycling process by damaging machinery and hurting employees. In some cases, too much trash in a recycling bin can cause that entire bin's contents to be taken to the landfill instead of being recycled.

**There are exceptions to this rule! Please follow the SDSU Recycling Guide for what can be placed in the single stream recycling bins. Other items may be able to be recycled but must be handled separately.