These are common questions that get asked about waste, recycling, and composting around campus. If you have any comments or ideas to improve recycling around campus, please contact Facilities at

Q: Does Bucknell compost?

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

Q: Are pizza boxes recyclable?

Q: Can I recycle tissue and paper towels?

Q: What do I do with cardboard?

Q: Can I bring items from off campus?

Q: Can I put trash in restroom cans?

Q: What about my desk-side bin?

Q: What about ink cartridges?

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


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. (Back to top)

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

A: Yes, but no pizza please. (Back to top)

A: No, neither of these products are recyclable. (Back to top)

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. (Back to top)

A: No, there are still Bucknell resources involved and we are not resourced to serve the community. (Back to top)

A: No, restroom cans are for restroom items only. (Back to top)

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. (Back to top)

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

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


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