Recycling at Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University is named higher education RECYCLER OF THE YEAR by the Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA).

In 2012, WSRA named Gonzaga  higher education recycler of the year because of our commitment to recycling.  The 25-30% reduction of garbage by "recycling, composting, and innovating waste reduction policies" was a major factor in receiving this reward.  The committee also acknowledged the importance of the Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability (ACSS) because of its continual commitment to sustainability.  To learn more about this award click here

The Dos and Don'ts of Recycling at Gonzaga

Gonzaga now uses single-stream recycling! Any recyclable item (see list below) can be placed in any recycling bin, whether in a classroom, hallway, outside, or office. 

What to do with food scraps and old pizza boxes you can't recycle? Learn more about Gonzaga's composting program... 

To learn more about why recycling matters....

All objects must be clean and emptied before recycling.

Note: for faculty and staff offices, the blue recycling bin previously used just for paper products can now be used for all recyclables.  If you do not have a container, request one from Plant Services  at

Do Recycle....

Newspaper, Printing Paper, Cups, Cartons, Magazines, Advertisements, Boxes

(Shredded paper must be put in a plastic bag)

Bottles, Jars, Cups and Tubs

(All plastic numbers are now accepted.  If food or beverages were in the containers make sure they are CLEAN before recycling)







glass bottles


Don't Recycle....

Non-Accepted Paper
  • Food-soiled paper towels, napkins and non-coated paper plates (compost these)
  • Tyvek Envelopes
  • Pizza boxes (can't be recycled, but can be composted)
  • Paper to-go containers (can't be recycled, but can be composted)
Non-Accepted Plastics
  • Plastic damshel containers and deli trays
  • Plastic Plates, utensils
  • Prescription Vials
  • Styrofoam
Non-Accepted Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Broken glass
  • Dishes, drinking glasses
  • Windows, mirrors
Non-Accepted Metal
  • Sharp metal
  • Greasy Items
Other Non-Acceptables
  • Clothing, Shoes (donate these)
  • Electronics (see IT in downstairs Foley)
  • Fluorescent bulbs and tubes (recycling options
  • Garbage
  • Hoses
  • Needles, Syringes (disposal options:
  • Toxic Containers (pesticides, antifreeze, paint, oil, etc.)

Recycling Batteries

he University has disposal sites set up through out the campus for used batteries. Located in the following locations are orange buckets marked Battery Recycle that are picked up and recycled properly:

  • Business Service Center – 1st Floor Center of Hall
  • College Hall – By elevator on Lower Level, 1st and 2nd Floors
  • Crosby Student Center – North Entrance
  • Foley Center – Faculty Break Room (301), By Main Entrance
  • Health Center – Lower Level by side door
  • Honors – North Entrance Next to Printer
  • Hughes – West entrance – 1st Floor
  • Jepson – East Main Entrance
  • Law School – By Elevator on lower level, 1st and 2nd Floors and Loading Dock
  • Martin Center – North – 3rd Floor Entrance
  • McCarthey Center – Club Room Storage
  • Music Mansion – Hall by 1st Floor Restroom
  • Plant Services – Break Room
  • Rosauer Center (SOE) – North Entrance
  • Robinson – Lower Level Recycling Room
  • Schoenberg Center – 1st Floor Lobby
  • Tilford – South Entrance and Main Entrance
  • Women Studies – Back Entrance
If you have a large volume that will not fit in these buckets, please put a work order in with Customer Service to have them picked up and recycled.

If you have any questions, please call Lorrie Engle (509) 313-5672

Recycling and Environmental Facts

  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. Trash to Cash
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months. Environmental Defense Fund
  • About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is just 28%. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Over ½ million trees are saved each year by recycling paper in Boulder County. Eco-Cycle
  • There are more roads in our National Forests than the entire U.S. Interstate Highway system. National Forest Protection Alliance
  • Recycling creates 6 times as many jobs as landfill. Colorado Recycles
  • Recycling glass instead of making it from silica sand reduces mining waste by 70%, water use by 50%, and air pollution by 20%. Environmental Defense Fund
  • Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours. Eco-Cycle
  • If we recycled all of the newspapers printed in the U.S. on a typical Sunday, we would save 550,000 trees--or about 26 million trees per year. California Department of Conservation
  • The energy saved each year by steel recycling is equal to the electrical power used by 18 million homes each year - or enough energy to last Los Angeles residents for eight years. Steel Recycling Institute
  • If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 1,000 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissues with 100% recycled ones, we could save: 373,000 trees, 1.48 million cubic feet of landfill space, and 155 million gallons of water. Seventh Generation Co.
  • The U.S. is 5% of the world's population but uses 25% of its natural resources. Environmental Protection Agency

Why Recycle?
"The U.S. recycling industry consists of approximately 29,345 establishments, that employ over 950,000 people, generate an annual payroll of nearly $34 billion, and gross over $222 billion in annual revenues. The reuse industry employs nearly 170,000 workers in more than 26,000 establishments, supports an annual payroll of over $2.7 billion, and generates more than $14.1 billion in revenues."

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