Facilities Recycling


821 S. Matlack Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Recycling Frequently-Asked Questions

Q.  What is "All‑in‑One" Recycling?
A.  Welcome to a whole new era of recycling. Now it’s even simpler and more effective than ever. With “All-in-One” Recycling one blue recycling container does it all. All acceptable recyclables (clean paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, and food cans) can be mixed together and placed in one recycling container. Please rinse the cans and bottles before recycling.

Q.  What are the benefits of WCU's Recycling Program?
A.  Recycling has many benefits. By reducing and recycling we lessen our impact on the Earth. We all want to do what we can to protect the environment.

Besides the environmental benefit of reducing the amount of garbage we send to the landfill, we also save WCU money. The cost is exorbitant to bury otherwise valuable resources.

Q.  How does "All‑in‑One" Recycling work?
A.  The blue “All-in-One Recycling” container will be readily available on just about every floor of every campus building, including classrooms and deskside containers in offices. All you do is drop all your recyclable items in the nearest container--and we do the rest. It's that simple!

Non-recyclable items, such as food waste, should be disposed of in waste containers.

Q.  What items are acceptable to recycle?
A.  Almost anything that's not soiled or food waste, including:
Not Permitted
  Mixed office paper   NO GARBAGE  
  Colored paper   No Styrofoam packing materials  
  File or manila folders   No restroom or kitchen waste  
  Paper grocery bags   No metal or plastic binders  
  Envelopes   No waxed paper  
  Pamphlets & Magazines   No plastic bags or bubble wrap  
  Newspapers & inserts   No air freight envelopes  
  Junk mail   No food-tainted items  
  Paperback books   No used paper plates or napkins  
  Phone books   No greasy pizza boxes  
  Catalogs   No polystyrene cups or plates  
  Cardboard (flattened)   No motor oil bottles  
  Boxboard (cereal boxes)   No hazardous chemical containers  
  Glass bottles & jars   No electronics or batteries  
  Plastics #1-7 (No Styrofoam)   No compact discs or DVDís  
  Aluminum cans   No ice cream cartons  
  Aerosol cans (empty)   No foam egg cartons  
  Food cans (rinsed)   No light bulbs  
      No clothes hangers  
      No yard waste  
      No toner cartridges  
      Hardback books must have covers removed  
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Please assist the recycling effort by not depositing
trash of any sort in the blue recycling containers.
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Q.  What is the procedure for recycling?
  1.  A blue “All-in-One” recycling container for all recyclables (clean paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, and food cans) will be widely available on most floors of campus buildings (as well as in most classrooms) for the collection of all recycled items.
  2.  Small, blue recycling containers will be provided beside the desk of faculty and staff for the recycling of cans and bottles as well as office paper. Larger containers for the collection of office paper as well as cans and bottles will be provided in copy rooms and computer labs, and in the lobbies of each residence hall floor.
  3.  No source separation is necessary—all recyclables can go in the deskside container using the small blue containers provided. Just make sure that any non-recyclable items (such as food waste) go in the waste container rather than in the recycling container. Custodial staff will continue to pick up the recycled items from residence hall floors, copy rooms, computer labs, and at each person’s desk as well as from the classrooms and hallways of each building.
  4.  The Custodial staff will collect the recycled items from building containers and carry it to a centrally-located recycling container. From there it will be picked up and delivered to a recycling processing center.
  5.  Smaller pieces of cardboard can go in the recycling containers with the rest of the recycled items. Large cardboard boxes should be flattened and left next to the blue recycling containers so that the custodians can pick them up. Plastic wrapping and Styrofoam should first be removed from the boxes and discarded as trash.
  6.  Used toner cartridges can no longer be processed through the recycling program. Departments can recycle these items by sending them back to the manufacturer via the return mailing label enclosed in the original box.
  7.  Campus departments with extra large volumes of recycled files and papers should contact Custodial Services via a Work Request to provide assistance with the clean-out process (special containers may be provided to simplify the clean-out process). Moving Services should be contacted for Confidential Paper only.
  8.  Departments should arrange to the have the covers of hardback books removed before placing them in the recycling stream.

Q.  What about confidential papers that need to be shredded?
A.  If your office generates a large amount of confidential paper you may request, via Work Request to Moving Services, that a special, lockable Toter be placed in your office to accumulate the confidential paper. This paper requires special handling, and the Moving Services Supervisor will arrange for this paper to be destroyed by a certified shredding service.

Q.  What if we need more small, blue recycling containers for deskside use in our department?
A.  If you need more deskside containers, please submit a Work Request to Moving Services (Support Services).

Q.  What does this mean for me?
A.  WCU’s “All-in-One” Recycling asks people to rethink the way they consume and dispose of materials. The best way to do that is to have the generator of the material be directly responsible for its disposal. By taking responsibility for the waste material you generate, it's hoped that you will ask yourself some important questions:
  •  Do I need to use this much?
  •  Is there a reusable or recyclable alternative to this disposable material?
  •  Do I really need all of these copies when I end up immediately recycling some of them anyway?
  •  What can I do to reduce the amount of garbage generated in my work area?

  By paying attention to what is produced on a daily basis, we will see a decrease in total solid waste and an increase in the amount of recyclables collected.

• Saves approximately 17 trees
• Saves enough energy to power the average home for six months
• Keeps almost 60 lbs of effluents out of the air
• Eliminates 3 cu yds of landfill material and reduces the need for more landfills
• Saves 7,000 gallons of water
• Turns "trash" into valuable resources, protecting natural resources from being wasted
• Saves taxpayers' money on waste disposal