FAQs

Are plastic bags considered a plastic container that can be recycled?

No, plastic bags are not considered a plastic container and they should be placed in the trash.

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Are plastics such as yogurt containers recyclable?

We only accepts #1 #2 plastic bottles. A bottle is a container that has a mouth that is narrower than its base. Yogurt containers and other plastic tubs may have the correct number, but because of the way they are produced, they have different chemical characteristics from plastic bottles and are therefore not accepted. Remember, only plastic bottles can be recycled. The City has the same policy about recycling plastics - bottles only. The City accepts #s 1, 2, 5 & 7 plastic bottles at recycling drop-off centers.

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Can batteries be recycled?

Batteries can be recycled, but they can only be batteries that were used on campus. No batteries that were used for personal use can be recycled. Contact the recycling office to find out how and where batteries can be recycled on campus.

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Can I bring recycling from home?

Yes, recycling can be brought from home to be recycled at Villanova. All items are accepted with the exception of computers, electronics, and universal waste which include batteries and fluorescent light bulbs. There is a 24 hour drop-off recycle center located behind the football stadium for your mixed paper and cans, bottles, and plastic containers. Please contact the recycling office about recycling the other items that are allowed to be recycled on campus.

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Can I recycle cereal box material here?

No, cereal boxes are made of a material called mixed paper. It is a cheaper kind of paper than newspaper, blend paper, or corrugated cardboard. The City has mixed paper drives several times during the year and sets out containers in several areas around the city. Contact the City ’s solid waste department at 560-4185 to find out more.

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Can I recycle pizza boxes with regular corrugated cardboard?

No, pizza boxes contain grease that inhibits the recycling process. If a box is clean and free of food and grease, it may be put in the cardboard receptacle. Many times, the lid of a pizza box will be clean and can be recycled. If a box is clean and suitable for recycling, it is a good idea to remove the lid because employees will assume a closed box contains food particles.

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Does the University offer shredding services for sensitive documents?

The recycling department does offer shredding services both for university documents and for personal documents. The services for university documents include a permanent, locked office container to place sensitive documents and the use of a temporary larger locked bin for bulk sensitive documents. In all university shredding services the documents will be picked up and stored in a locked bin until it is shredded on site by an outside contractor. Once a year (usually every June) personal documents can be shredded by the outside contractor at our annual free shred day.

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Do I have to remove staples before recycling blend paper?

No, staples and paper clips are fine. Things to watch out for are the black, plastic clips and rubber bands.

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Do I have to separate white and colored paper?

White and colored paper can be mixed together and put in bins labeled blend paper. This includes paper with colored ink, blue or green-barred computer paper, and yellow legal paper. Construction paper is a contaminant and should not be recycled with blend paper. See our materials list under "What We Recycle" for a complete list of acceptable items and contaminants.

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Do I need to sort glass by color?

In the past, the answer to this question has been yes, but now we collect glass that has been mixed. As always, the lids must be removed and the bottles rinsed before placing them into the recycling bins. Certain kinds of glass including ceramics, dishware, mirrors, light bulbs, and drinking glasses are a different type of glass than beverage and food containers and cannot be recycled.

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Do I have to take the caps off of bottles and rinse all containers?

All caps should be taken off of bottles when recycling them. However, while the plastic caps on plastic bottles needs to be trashed the metal caps on glass bottles can be placed in the recycling bin along with the bottle. While it is not required to rinse all cans, bottles and containers it is greatly encouraged that they are rinsed in order to help keep our recycling area clean and smelling good (or at least not bad).

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How can I get a recycle bin for my office?

Everyone working on campus will get a get a mixed paper recycling bin and a trash can to put near their desk. If you would like to have a recycle bin for cans, bottles, and plastic containers in your office area they can be requested by contacting the recycling office at #94466 or at recycle@villanova.edu.

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Many recycling program uses single stream recycling, is it used here at Villanova?

Single stream recycling is a system where all recycled material is placed into one container and then sorted at the end of the process into specific recycled material categories. While Villanova does not have a single stream system we do have a two stream system with the two streams being mixed paper and cans, bottles, and #1-7 plastic containers. Since mixed paper is by far the most recycled item on campus it is kept separate from the cans, bottles and plastics stream in order to keep it clean and have a higher quality material.

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What can I do with styrofoam?

Styrofoam cannot be recycled; however, some of it can be reused. Styrofoam packing peanuts are collected and redistributed so that they can be reused for shipping purposes. Styrofoam block material is not accepted.

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What does the "corrugated" in corrugated cardboard mean?

Corrugated means folded into ridges or waves. If you look at the edge of a cardboard box, you can see this folding action in the "ruffled" layer in the middle. This is to help give the box rigidity. We only accept corrugated cardboard in its cardboard collection. This can be placed in any number of bins around campus. Just remember to break cardboard boxes down because a container’s capacity is increased tenfold when boxes are broken down.

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Where can I recycle magazines?

Magazines are made of a light, glossy paper and can be mixed in with newspaper.

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Where can I recycle telephone books?

We generally try to accommodate large offices by giving them special bins for telephone book collection during new phonebook distribution. These are generally located near where new books are being distributed. Telephone books can also be recycled along with newspaper and can be put in newspaper bins. To request a bin for telephone books call 610-519-4466.

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