Recycling/E-Cycling

All members of the university must comply with GW’s recycling policy as part of university efforts to protect and improve the environment.  The text below details how to recycle/e-cycle items from the five most common categories:

  1. Commingled Single-Stream items
  2. Toner Cartridges, Electronic Equipment/Computers and Batteries
  3. Hazardous materials such as motor oil, rechargeable batteries, mercury-containing electronics or bulbs/lamps
  4. Metals
  5. Cooking Grease/Oil and Used Motor Oil

1. Commingled Single-Stream items

  • Mixed papers, including:
    • White office paper
    • Colored paper
    • Post-it notes
    • Newspapers
    • Phone books
    • Magazines
    • Glossy or highly-inked papers
    • Soft and hard cover books
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles (clear, brown and green)
  • Plastics Containers
  • Aluminum/Tin/Steel Cans

Commingled Single-Stream recycling FAQs

  • Outdoor public/common spaces, recyclables should be placed in recycling bin shown right (1st from top) or in BigBelly solar-powered recyling bins shown right (2nd from top).
  • Indoor public/common spaces or academic/administrative buildings, items should be placed in large bins (aka Slim-Jims or Ergo Cans) often near elevators/restrooms shown right (3rd from top).
  • Indoor offices, work spaces/desks, recyclables should be placed in small blue bin shown right (4th from top).
  • Commingled-Single Stream System recyclables are collected in blue or transparent bags while trash is collected in black, opaque trash bags.
  • Food waste, where applicable, is collected in light green compostable liners.
  • All items should be free of residual food and other contaminants: no paper/cardboard soiled with oil or any other liquids.
  • If items (e.g. cardboard boxes) do not fit in receptacle or if there is a large quantity, submit a Fix-It request online to request pick-up.

2. Toner Cartridges, Electronic Equipment and Batteries

Printer and copier toner cartridges should be returned to the manufacturer for recycling in the original packing, where possible.  

If returning it directly to the manufacturer is not possible, submit a Fix-It request online to request pick-up.

In addition, GW provides e-cycling towers where students, faculty, and staff can deposit batteries, small ink print cartridges, cell phones, and CFL bulbs at these locations:

  • Marvin Center (Ground Floor next to elevator)
  • Science and Engineering Hall (1st Floor West)
  • Gelman Library (Basement Level 2).
  • Shenkman Hall (1st Floor Elevators)
  • Thurston Hall (Mail Boxes)
  • West Hall  @ Mount Vernon Campus (Lower Level 1)
  • Strong Hall (Lobby)
  • District House (Level B-1 on H Street side near restrooms)
  • Enterprise Hall @ VSTC (Loading Dock)

Dispose of computers (CPUs, laptops, mice, keyboards, printers, and cables), and toner cartridges at the locations below or via a Fix-It request:

  • Support Building (2025 F St) Rear Loading Dock
  • Academic Center-DIT (801 22nd St)
  • Enterprise Hall (VSTC, 45085 University Drive) Loading Dock

3. Hazardous materials such as motor oil, rechargeable batteries, mercury-containing electronics or bulbs/lamps

If electronic equipment (e.g. computers, monitors, printers, faxes, copiers, televisions, cell phones, etc.) or batteries contain mercury or other hazardous materials, they must be recycled in accordance with the Electronic  Equipment Recycling Policy or the Battery Recycling and Disposal Program as appropriate.

4. Metals

Metal products (e.g. tools, cooking utensils, furniture, toys, etc.) and scrap metal (e.g. pipes, pumps, duct work and appliances no longer containing refrigerants) must not be placed in recycling containers.

Departments should collect scrap metal and metal products in a central location and submit a Fix-It request online to request pick-up.

5. Cooking Grease/Oil and Used Motor Oil

Used cooking grease/oil must be disposed of by putting it into a designated outdoor leak-proof container with lid. The container lid is to be closed at all times when not in use.

Any refined, petroleum-based or synthetic motor oil that has been used and is no longer useful (i.e. “used oil”) must be recycled in accordance with the Used Oil Program administered by the Office of Health and Safety.

 

Outdoor sidewalk/public space trash and recycle bins

Outdoor sidewalk/public space trash and recycle bins

BigBelly recycle bin

BigBelly outdoor recycling bin

Indoor large recycling bins

Indoor large recycling bins

Indoor small blue recycling bins

Indoor small blue recycling bins

Ecycle tower

Ecycle tower