Wednesday, December 11, 2013

End Semester, Take a Break, Recycle, by Shelby Jacobson

UW-L is not changing recycling laws for 2014.

UW-L, unlike the city, does not limit its recyclables to paper, cardboard, and comingled recyclables. Comingled recyclables include plastics #1-#7, glass, aluminum, and bi-metal cans.

Fines will be issued to those dropping off recyclables on campus but do not live on campus, according to the UW System Administrative Code 18.06.

·         Scrap metal
·         Tires
·         Wood pallets
·         Appliances (stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, etc.)
·         Electronics (monitors, computers, etc.)
·         Tree Stumps and landscaping brush
·         Compost

The above recyclables must be labeled with which building and or department they came from. Residence halls pay recycling fees for the different items recycled.

The different recyclables for people living on campus can be dropped off into white, blue, or green dumpsters. White dumpsters are for paper and cardboard. Blue dumpsters are for comingled recyclables. Green dumpsters are for waste to Excel Energy.

To view UW-L’s recycling statistics visit 

Recycling units in residence halls and academic buildings do have regulations. The “Do”s and “Don’t”s are available at  A more detailed list is available at

UW-L’s recycling is a five step program. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Re-buy. Rethink.

Any suggestions to better the R-5 Programm, contact Kim Tiber.