Bucknell recycles!

As part of Bucknell’s commitment to sustainability across campus, Facilities leads the campus community in recycling and waste reduction through the implementation of single stream recycling bins throughout campus. The Facilities Department performs all the hauling and sorting of collected waste from the outside containers. We are dedicated to improving the percent of waste that is recycled and finding ways to make it easier to recycle.

Why Recycle?

For the Environment

  • Recycling reduces our reliance on landfills and incinerators.
  • Recycling conserves our natural resources because it reduces the need for raw materials.
  • Recycling can protect our health and environment when harmful substances are removed from the waste stream.

For the Economy

  • The recycling industry employs 1.25 million people, while solid waste only supports 0.25 million people, and this is with only a 34% recycling rate. Increased recycling rates mean more jobs.

For Bucknell University

  • BU has diverted over 4,148 tons of waste from being sent to landfills in the last decade. At $51.90/ton in tipping fees at the landfill, that is $215,281 in cost avoidance.
  • BU also receives revenue from the sale of recoverable resources.


Bucknell's 2017 waste diversion rate.

Recycling at Bucknell

What is Single Stream?

Single-stream recycling is a system in which all recyclable materials — fiber (newspaper, cardboard, mixed paper, catalogs, magazines and junk mail) and containers (glass, steel, aluminum and plastic) — are placed in one recycling bin. This makes the collection of recycling easier for students, faculty, and staff all over campus. The recyclables are later sorted by state-of-the-art processing equipment at recycling collection facilities.

Why Single Stream?

Single Stream makes recycling easier for the campus population, is becoming the industry standard, and increases recycling rates. It's less expensive and it's greener!


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