Can I Recycle It?

Below is an alphabetical list of the most common items thrown away on campus as well as the optimal disposal method.

Contamination results in hundreds of tons of recycling and compost being landfilled at Vassar each year. When in doubt, throw it out.

A–N

Item
Disposal Method
Aluminum Can
Recycle.
Empty completely before placing in bin.
Cardboard Boxes
Recycle.
Please break down and stack next to recycling bins when able.
“Compostable” To-Go Containers
Landfill.
We are transitioning away from “compostable” containers since they are not compatible with our composting program.
Foil
Landfill.
Food Scraps
Compost where available.
Baked good, fruits, vegetables, meat, et cetera
Milk Carton
Landfill.
Napkins
Compost.
If available; otherwise, landfill.

P

Item
Disposal Method
Paper Cups
Landfill.
While many of these containers have compostable materials, they are not currently acceptable for our compost program.
Pizza Boxes
Recycle.
Ensure they’re clean and free of food waste before recycling, and please stack next to recycling bins.
Plastic Bags
Landfill (or reuse).
Vassar currently does not have an on-site bag recycling program.
Plastic Bottle
Recycle.
Empty completely before placing in bin.
Plastic To-Go Container (Clean)
Recycle.
Only if rinsed and/or wiped out; otherwise landfill
Plastic To-Go Container (Dirty)
Landfill.
Even a small amount of food waste can contaminate an entire bag of recycling.
Printer Paper
Recycle.

S–Z

Item
Disposal Method
Shampoo / Body Wash Bottles
Recycle.
Rinse thoroughly before recycling.
Soup Containers
Landfill.
While many of these containers have compostable materials, they are not currently acceptable for our compost program.
Tetrapak Container
Landfill.
Vassar does not have a Tetrapak recycling program
Utensils
Landfill.
While many are made of compostable materials, they are not currently acceptable for our compost program.
Yogurt Container
Landfill.