Recycling guide

Wayne State utilizes single stream recycling designed to simplify the overall process. Green and yellow recycling bins can be found in buildings across campus.  These bins are strategically placed in high traffic areas. Please take note of acceptable recyclables that can be placed in bins. Custodial staff empty the bins and place the bags in the recycling dumpsters for pick up. The bags containing recyclables are then separated, sorted and baled at the recycling facility.

(Note: The university no longer uses the colored bag system.)

Acceptable items

Recyclable paper: 

  • Cardboard
  • Mixed office paper
  • Manila file folders
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Junk mail
  • Maps/brochures
  • Magazines/catalogs

Recyclable containers:

  • Plastic containers numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 (look for the number in the recycling symbol)
  • Paper Grocery bags
  • Steel/aluminum food and beverage containers (rinse food containers)
  • Glass bottles


Recycling brings a variety of benefits to Wayne State University. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, some benefits of recycling include:

  • Protecting and expanding U.S. manufacturing jobs while increasing U.S. competitiveness
  • Reducing the need for landfilling and incineration
  • Preventing pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials
  • Saving energy
  • Decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change
  • Conserving natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
  • Helping sustain the environment for future generations