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?

Recyclables square 1 Common Recyclables

E waste image E-Waste and Hazardous Waste

Bulk waste Bulk Items



Non recyclables Non-recyclables

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...

Campus Building/Location
Off-Campus Recycling and Trash
Type of Bin
Additional Recycling FAQ for students, staff, faculty and visitors

Recycling posters and video

Posters for Download (PDFs):

Material Stream Signs
Recycle Station Sign
Recycling Center Poster

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:

Facilities Management
(202) 687-3432
Submit a Work Order

Recycling and Solid Waste Department
Mike Pontti
Superintendent, University Facilities
Contact Info

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.