Recycling in the Residence Halls

An important principle of environmental sustainability is to reduce, reuse or recycle.

Reduce the amount of trash you throw away.
Reuse containers and products when possible.
Recycle items and purchase items with recycled content.

As an institution that embraces its role as an environmental steward, Wayne State University provides recycling to students in its residence halls. Students on each floor have access to recycling bins located in the trash rooms. Posters are located in or nearby the trash room  indicating the types of recyclables accepted (see items listed below).

Recyclable Paper:

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

Recyclable containers:

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

Please do not recycle:

  • Styrofoam
  • Dirty containers
  • Glass
  • Food waste/trash
  • Books
The custodial staff removes recyclables from the bins and takes them to the recycling dumpsters. A Waste Management truck empties the dumpster and its contents are taken to the Detroit Recycling Facility. The materials are then sorted, baled and shipped to material manufacturers for use in new products. For example, plastics are spun into T-shirts, toys and containers; metals are used in the manufacture of automobiles; and newspapers are used to produce cardboard.
Recycling prevents used materials from entering the waste stream and allows them to be put to good use. If students in the residence halls embrace recycling, it will go a long way in helping establish a culture of sustainability on the WSU campus.