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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

What Can I Recycle?

Live off Campus? Scroll down and find out where you can bring your recyclables. Recycling can only work if we all dispose of recyclables and trash items in their respective bins. The following information will help you distinguish what materials are acceptable for Loyola's recycling program.

Item Recycle It! Loyola
Non-Recyclable Items


•  Brochures and flyers
•  All colors of office paper
•  File folders
•  Envelopes (all colors,  windowed)
•  Glossy magazines, catalogs telephone books
•  Junk mail
•  Newspaper and inserts
•  Cardboard, cereal boxes, paper towel rolls
•  Paper bags
•  Paper cups (clean or used but not greasy)
compostable cups are not to be placed in recycling bins
•  Paper plates

•  Food wrappers
•  Pizza boxes
•  Paper cups used for dairy-type drinks (coffee w/cream, etc)
  Compostable cups
•  Greasy plates
•  Laminated paper and stickers 
•  Paper towels, napkins, tissues
•  Hard cover books


•  Aluminum and steel cans
•  Foil and pie tins
•  Glass bottles and jars
•  Milk, water, yogurt, detergent bottles, and other plastic containers #1-5 and # 7
•  Soda/juice bottles

•  Plastic containers: (No recycling triangle = NOT recyclable 
  Undefined plastic bags, cups, and serving ware
•  Food wrappers
•  # 6 plastics and Styrofoam
•  Compostable/biodegradable containers belong in a composting system

Other Recyclable Items: Batteries, Printer Inkjet, Cartridges & Electronics


Single-use dry batteries from cell-phones, cameras, etc. Look for specially marked battery collection canisters at both Lakeside campuses.

Lakeshore Campus Locations:
Information Commons - 1st floor main lobby desk; Quinlan-1st floor main entrance; The Hub-Sullivan Center; Cudahy Library-1st floor vending machines

Water Tower Campus Locations:
10 E. Pearson-Campus Safety; 25 E. Pearson-3rd, 6th, & 7th floors; 26 E. Pearson- 4th floor

Inkjet Printer Cartridges

Special collection boxes are located at both Lakeside campuses.

Lakeshore Campus Locations:

Information Commons - Digital Media Lab; Quinlan LSB east entrance; The Hub-Sullivan Center

Water Tower Campus Locations:
Digital Media Lab, rm 608, 25 E. Pearson; Terry Student Center Lobby, 26 E. Pearson

Small Electronics

The University is partnering with Recycling Avenue and Think Recycle to collect small electronic items (cell and smart phones, print cartridges, laptops/notebooks, MP3 players, E-book readers, modems, routers, handheld game systems, digital cameras, cordless house phones) and recycle ethically.

Look for the the clearly marked bins at the following locations:
Digital Media Lab, Information Commons
Digital Media Lab, rm 608, 25 E. Pearson
Flanner Hall - Main floor
Quinlan LSB east entrance
Terry Student Center Lobby

Misc. Items

Computers, Fax Machines, AV Materials and Other Electronics

  • Do not place in trash
  • Email the IT Help Desk HELPDESK@luc.edu
  • Provide details of equipment no longer in use
  • IT staff members will handle properly for recycling and end-of-life uses

Copier and Printer Toner Cartridges

HP and Dell copier and printer toner cartridges can be recycled for refill and reuse.  Generally, new toners come with a paid-return shipping label.  If your toner does nothave a return shipping label, you can easily access a label via their website.

Ricoh Toner Recycling Program

Ricoh Business Systems provides a Toner Recycling Program for the University. Recovered plastics will be utilized at waste-to-energy power generation plants, or when applicable, used as recycled plastic material. Even the shipping and packing materials will be recycled.

  • Set up a Ricoh Toner collection box in your department and place empty toner cartridges in the box
  • Inform LUC Interdepartmental Campus Mail staff of the collection box
  • Campus Mail staff will bring empty cartridges to the central "empty toners" container located at the Lake Shore Campus Mailroom to be sent to a Ricoh Recycling Center

Off-Campus Recycling

Live off campus? The City of Chicago provides drop-off locations for your recyclables. 

Please visit: Chicago Recycling Drop Off Locations to find a center convenient for you.

Take action and work with your landlord and Alderperson's Office to get recycling in the apartment building you live!


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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