Recycling at Georgetown
Did you know that students, faculty, staff and visitors can recycle most of your personal and office waste generated on campus? It's simple if you know the basic tips provided on this website.
What items can be recycled?
- Aluminum Cans
- Coffee cups (paper, not styrofoam)
- Glass bottles
- Paper (office/confidential)
- Paper (mixed)
- Plastic bags
- Plastic Bottles/containers
E-Waste and Hazardous Waste
- Cell Phones
- Chemicals (Household and lab; like paint, solvents, pesticides)
- Chemical storage jugs
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Computers and Disks
Campus community members are encouraged to minimize non-recyclable waste.
The university sends non-recyclable household waste to a waste-to-energy facility. Waste-to-energy incineration is ranked above placing trash in landfills according to the EPA, and can help reduce carbon emissions if displacing coal as a fuel source. However, the best waste practice is to reduce the need for new material by minimizing waste from the start, and reusing, recycling or composting the rest.
Did you know?
Last year, Hoyas recycled over 1,200 tons of materials, enough to cover all of Harbin and Kehoe Fields waist-deep in reclaimed materials.
A recent audit by GUSA students and the Office of Sustainability found that 83% of waste on campus is recyclable.
Alphabetical List of All Recyclables
** Starred items are hazardous and can release toxic chemicals into the environment if not disposed of properly.
Recycling Instructions By...
Recycling posters and video
Posters for Download (PDFs):
This vintage Georgetown recycling video has still got good tips!:
Video © Georgetown EcoAction and the Georgetown Recycling Department, 2009
For more information about how to recycle on campus or to request bins or report a problem, contact Facilities Management or the Recycling and Solid Waste Department:
Submit a Work Order
Recycling and Solid Waste Department
Superintendent, University Facilities
GU Recycling Center in Harbin Garage
Located under Harbin Hall facing Harbin MultiSport Field
You can bring materials by for recycling between 9 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday.