Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

What can I recycle?

Recycling at Loyola is easy and convenient. Simply place recyclable items in the recycling bins located throughout campus.

Below is a list of common recyclable items.

Paper: All paper including glossy paper, paper with envelopes, textbooks, newspaper, and paper with staples is accepted.

Cardboard: Please break down cardboard if possible and remove any packing materials (plastic, foam, etc.).

Metal: All aluminum and tin cans are accepted. Small items are no problem.

Glass: Glass bottles and other containers are accepted. Please put broken glass or sheet glass in the landfill bin.

Plastic: Plastics labeled # 1-5 and 7 are accepted. Focus on plastics that are clearly labeled with the recycling arrow and are in large volume including packaging, containers, and other items.

For everything listed, please empty any liquids in a nearby sink before putting the container in the recycling.

Anything that has significant food or grease on it should be composted or landfilled. To learn more about composting at Loyola visit LUC.edu/compost.

If you do not see an item listed above, it may STILL be recyclable through a special recycling process.

Check below for items that require special recycling process available on campus:

  • Computers and Computer Peripherals – Anything with a Loyola Asset Tag will be recycled by Information and Technology Services. Make a request at the ITS Service Desk or email helpdesk@luc.edu.
  • Batteries, Printer Cartridges, Small Electronics – All batteries, toner cartridges, small electronics including flash drives, cables, power blocks, cell phones, and other materials are accepted. These items are collected at Digital Media Labs on all campuses. For a listing of locations and hours visit Digital Media Services.
  • Large Electronics – Large items such as appliances and special equipment can be removed and, sometimes, recycled by placing a Work Order Request with Facilities.
  • Special Wastes – For medical, hazardous, chemical or other special wastes contact your campus environmental safety manager and they can support you in proper disposal.
  • Ricoh Toner - Ricoh Business Systems provides a Toner Recycling Program for the University. Recovered plastics will be utilized at waste-to-energy power generation plants, or when applicable, used as recycled plastic material. Even the shipping and packing materials will be recycled. Collect these toners and mail them in using the boxes provided.
  • Vinyl Banners – You can donate that used banner and Loyola will ‘upcycle’ it into a tote bag or laptop sleeve. We accept mesh-style or vinyl banners in good condition at room 216 in the SES building. Any damaged or thread-bare banners should be thrown away.
  • Large volume materials – If you have a large volume of material that must be disposed of, please contact Facilities by placing a Work Order Request and requesting special removal. This is useful when moving or cleaning out spaces on campus and may be handled as part of a campus move.

In 2017, a Loyola student advanced a project to address other hard to recycle items. This led to the Cycle and Recycle Center, a location on Lake Shore Campus for other items. 

There are other items that may be recyclable or have the potential to be donated. For a list of nearby donation sites, visit the Think Green and Give Page.

Other items that can be recycled include:

  • Plastic Film – Plastic Films like newspaper and shopping bags, and packaging for everything from food to furniture is recyclable but not through the usual recycling. These can be dropped off at nearby grocery stores or pharmacies.
  • Pharmaceuticals – Both over the counter and prescription pharmaceuticals can be properly disposed of at special collection events, your District Police Station, and some pharmacies.
  • Yard Waste – Check with your local municipality as to their program to collect yard waste like leaves and garden debris. In Chicago, schedule a special pickup using 311.
  • For additional information on recycling programs that may be available in Chicago visit Recycle by City’s Chicago page.
  • For those of you that live off-campus, this page provides information on recycling and composting options.