Recycling. All Together Now.

The University of Richmond uses mixed or single-stream recycling on campus. All recyclable materials can go in any blue recycling bin. Recycling is an important piece of the University's sustainability efforts, but remember that reducing and reusing is even more important.

Recycling bins are blue and Trash bins will have clear bags to help differentiate materials. Outside, facilities staff will place trash in the brown containers and recycling in green containers. This coloring also applies to the University Forest Apartment and Fraternity row drop off locations

If you have a suggestion for how to improve recycling in an area you use please let us know

A printable list of what can be recycled is available.

What can go in the Recycling bins?

  • Empty aluminum/steel/tin cans
  • Empty glass bottles
  • Empty plastics #1-#7 (look for a number in the recycling symbol on the plastic)
  • All mixed paper including: envelopes, copy paper, paper bags, chipboard, telephone books, junk mail, paperback books, magazines, cardboard, newspaper
  • Juice boxes, milk cartons, aseptic milk/juice cartons
  • Tin and bi-metallic containers (including aerosol cans)

What can't go in the Recycling bins?


If you live off campus, visit CVWMA's website to learn about recycling in your community.

Other Recyclables

Some materials on campus are handled separately from the regular waste stream for many reasons. Please review the list below for information on how to properly dispose of special items on campus.

  • University Owned Electronics: Includes laptops, PCs, monitors, printers: Call the Information Services Help Desk for information/assistance at (804) 287-6400. The University reuses computers whenever possible. Once a unit has reached the end of its useful life at the University, it is recycled through Arrow. The recycling process reduces the University's environmental impact from electronics.
  • Personal Electronics: The University hosts periodic e-waste collection events. We accept personally owned e-waste from UR employees and students.
  • Furniture: Call Procurement and Strategic Sourcing for more information at (804) 287-6827.
  • Batteries: Call University Facilities for information on rechargeable and other batteries at (804) 289-8600. Alkaline Battery recycling is sponsored by GreenUR and is available in the library entrance outside 8:15 and just inside the bookstore entrance.
  • Other: Have a specific item (i.e. Cinder Blocks) that you are not sure if you can recycle?  Call facilities at (804) 289-8600 or Sustainability at (804) 287-1268 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Starbucks cups (and other food containers) be recycled?
Yes. Please make sure the cup is empty prior to placing in a recycling bin.
Are pizza boxes recyclable?
Yes. Please make sure there is no food left in the box.

Conserve Plastic

Use reusable bags whenever you can or reuse plastic bags. Visit A Bag's Life to find out where you can recycle your plastic bags.

8:15, ETC, Tyler’s, and Martin’s all offer discounts for bringing reusable bags or a Lug-a-Mug.


For more information on UR Recycling Services, contact Dill Dillon, manager of environmental and custodial services, at or (804) 289-8607.

Community Resources

Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, and several other local communities rely on CVWMA for recycling. Visit their website to learn more about how to recycle in your community. The website also has information about special recycling events.

Keep Virginia Beautiful has information on waste reduction, recycling, and local sustainability events.

Visit the City of Richmond's Sustainability website to learn more about the city's sustainability efforts.