Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request a recycling bin for desk-side, break areas or special events?

Contact to request recycling bins for areas or events.

Where can I find recycling locations?

Find single-stream and specialty recycling locations at the Specialty Recycling Locator page.

How much does the University recycle?

In 2018, the University diverted 1,348,413 pounds of trash from the landfill. Our current rate of recycling is 29%. For more information on UT Dallas recycling, follow us on X at #UTDRecycling.

How much waste does the University generate?

UT Dallas generated more than 3 million pounds of trash in 2018.

What items can I recycle in my blue, desk-side bin and in the community bins on campus?

The following items can be recycled in the desk-side and community recycling bins on campus:

  • Paper
  • Newspaper & Magazines
  • Envelopes
  • Bottles
  • Cans
  • Plastics #1 - #5 & #7 (Number can be found on an item’s recycle logo)
  • Coffee cup lids
  • Small amounts of metal and cardboard (for example, pizza box tops)
  • Unbroken glass

NOTE: Batteries, electronics, plastic bags & film, and ink jet & toner cartridges are recyclable! Visit our Specialty Recycling Locator page for drop-off locations!

What items can’t I recycle?

The following items should not be placed in the desk-side or community recycle bins on campus:

  • Food waste and recyclables contaminated with food waste (for example, pizza box bottoms)
  • Batteries
  • Ink jet and toner cartridges
  • Electronics
  • Clean shrink wrap
  • Coffee cups

Note: Batteries, electronics, plastic wrap & bags, and ink jet & toner cartridges are recyclable! Visit Specialty Recycling Locator page for drop-off locations!