These are common questions that get asked about waste, recycling, and composting around campus. If you have any comments, ideas for improvement, or questions about recycling around campus, please contact Campus Sustainability at If you have a service request contact Facilities at

Q: Does Bucknell compost?

A: Bucknell composts all landscaping waste around campus, including leaves, tree trimmings, and cut grass. This becomes mulch that is used as fertilizer, closing the loop and adding to sustainable landscaping. Composting food scraps is being actively planned for future implementation.

Q: What if my plate or "to-go" container has food remnants on it?

A: It is still single stream recycling. Minor food contamination is acceptable, but please wipe off any remaining food residue into a trash can.

Q: Are pizza boxes recyclable?

A: Yes, but no pizza please.

Q: Can I recycle tissue and paper towels?

A: Tissues and paper towels are not recyclable. The fibers in these products are too short to be used in new products and the nature of their use is often too contaminated for recycling.

Q: What do I do with cardboard?

A: Cardboard is acceptable in Single Stream Recycling but it is also bulky, so break it down to leave room for other recyclables, or take it directly to the dumpster area. For large recycling pick-ups of cardboard boxes email and Facilities will coordinate the details.

Q: Can I bring items from off campus?

A: No, there are still Bucknell resources involved and we are not resourced to serve the community. Contact Union County Recycling to learn about recycling at your local municipality.

Q: Can I put trash in restroom cans?

A: No, restroom cans are for restroom items only.

Q: What about my desk-side bin?

A: Desk side bins are for recycling only because most office items are recyclable. If you have food items, they should be taken to the nearest trash can and not placed in desk-side bins. This action also helps create efficiency for custodial staff throughout campus because they are able to collect trash from centralized cans rather than desk-side bins.

Q: What about ink cartridges?

A: Visit Other BU Recycling Efforts to learn more about recycling items such as ink cartridges, lab waste, batteries, oil, electronics, hazardous waste, etc.

Q: How do I identify which can is trash and which is recycling?

A: In addition to signage, a blue can is always designated for recycling throughout campus.