Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

What can I recycle?

Recycling at Loyola 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.

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

  • Chicago must 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
ItemRecycle 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 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
  • Plastic bags can only be recycled at store drop off locations that accept plastic bags.
  • Milk, water, yogurt, detergent bottles, and plastic containers and lids #1–5 and # 7
  • Soda/juice bottles
  • 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
Batteries 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
  • IES Lounge
Water Tower Campus Locations:
  • 10 E. Pearson—Campus Safety
  • 25 E. Pearson—3rd, 6th, & 7th floors
  • 26 E. Pearson—4th floor
The bins at the above locations are monitored by faculty and staff working at those locations.
Inkjet Printer Cartridges Special collection boxes are located at both Lakeside campuses.

Lakeshore Campus Locations:
  • Information Commons
  • Digital Media Lab, 2nd flr, Information Commons
  • The Hub—Sullivan Center
Water Tower Campus Locations:
  • Digital Media Lab, 25 E. Pearson, Room 608
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:
  • Digital Media Lab, Information Commons
  • Digital Media Lab, Rm. 608, 25 E. Pearson
  • Flanner Hall—Chemistry Department Office
Misc. Items CDs and DVDs Computers, Fax Machines, AV Materials and Other Electronics
  • Do not place in trash.
  • If equipment has a LUC barcode sticker, e-mail 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.
  • If equipment does NOT have a LUC barcode sticker, and purchased with departmental funds, please submit a work order to your respective campus Facilities Management Dept. They will conduct a pick-up and remove for proper 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 not have a return shipping label, you can easily send to Warehouse Direct, Loyola's office supply provider or return to actual vendor through their website.
  • Set up a collection box for such in your department as appropriate and request Warehouse Direct to pick-up when delivering the next order of office supplies.
  • Please visit the Dell Website for a return label.
  • Please visit the HP Website for a return label.
  • You can return these cartridges back to the vendor through 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

On-Campus Composting‌

‌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 sustainability@luc.edu.

Off-Campus Composting



Continue composting even if you live off-campus! There are many ways to do so.

  1. Have worms eat your food scraps. Go here to learn how to vermicompost. 
  2. Loyola's Winthrop Garden (north end of the Lakeshore campus) accepts plant-based organics only.  Your vegetable, fruit, spent coffee and filters, tea, and egg-shells can go in the compost pile at this location.
  3. Compost in your back yard. Check out University of Illinois Extension or the Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program to learn how!
  4. 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.