What can I recycle?
Recycling on Loyola's Water Tower and Lake Shore Campuses is easy and convenient. Simply place recyclable items in the several recycling bins located throughout campus.
Below is a list of common recyclable items. Click to find out more information on how to recycle these items on-campus.
- Aluminum Cans
- Paper (Mixed and office/confidential)
- Plastic Bottles/containers
- Coffee cups (paper, not Styrofoam)
- Glass bottles
- Ink Cartridges
- DVDs and CDs
Loyola also offers composting on the Lake Shore Campus. Click to read more.
Want to recycle, but live off campus?
4 Units or Less Per Apartment Building
- the City of Chicago is to provide tenants with blue bins. Contact your alderperson's office to set up recycling in your apartment building
4 Units or More Per Apartment Building
- Your landlord or the management company is to implement recycling for your building per Chicago's recycling ordinance
- Check out Chicago Recycling Ordinance 11-5 for residential recycling
- Call 311 to report that your building does not have recycling collection set up if you live in a building with 4 units or more
- Become an advocate in your building and work with the landlord or management company to have recycling collection set up
|Item||Recycle It!||Loyola Non-Recyclable Items|
|Other Recyclable Items: Batteries, Printer Inkjet, Cartridges & Electronics|
|Batteries||Single-use dry batteries from cell-phones, cameras, etc. Look for specially marked battery collection canisters at both Lakeside campuses.
Lakeshore Campus Locations:
|Inkjet Printer Cartridges||Special collection boxes are located at both Lakeside campuses.
Lakeshore Campus Locations:
|Small Electronics||The University is partnering with Recycling Avenue to collect and recycle small electronic items (ONLY cell and smart phones, print cartridges, laptops/notebooks, MP3 players, E-book readers, modems, routers, handheld game systems, digital cameras, cordless house phones).
Look for the clearly marked bins at the following locations:
|Misc. Items||CDs and DVDs
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 not have a return shipping label, you can easily send to Warehouse Direct, Loyola's office supply provider or return to actual vendor their website.
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.
For students living on campus only and for departments, those interested in diverting resources from the landfill can compost. The Campus Compost Collective Program (the bucket program) is a partnership with Facilities Management, Residence Life and the Office of Sustainability. To learn how you can participant in the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue composting even if you live off-campus! There are many ways to do so.
- Have worms eat your food scraps. Go here to learn how to vermicompost.
- Loyola's Winthrop Garden (north end of the Lakeshore campus) accepts plant-based organics only. Your vegetable, fruit, spent coffee and filters, tea, egg-shells can go in the compost pile at this location.
- Compost in your back yard. Check out University of Illinois Extention or the Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program to learn how!
- If you prefer not to get your hands dirty, have your food scraps hauled away. Contact your waste hauler for details. There are also haulers that specialize in picking up compost. Some of these companies include Collective resource, and Resource Center.