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801-422-4662

Recycling

BYU Recycling promotes the idea that we should be wise stewards by exercising good judgement in managing and replenishing the resources with which the Lord has blessed it. We provide opportunities and assistance for individual and campus organizations to reduce waste, cut costs, and reduce consumption through an integrated and efficient approach to waste management.

Visit BYU's Sustainability page for more information on how the university is pursuing opportunities for sustainability that we believe make a genuine difference and economic sense.

The Following Items May Be Recycled In Campus Recycling Bins**

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CANS

Aluminum
Steel
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CARDBOARD

* Please Remove All Packing Material & Flatten Boxes *
Cereal Boxes
Empty Pizza Boxes
Shipping/Packing Boxes
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PLASTIC

Milk Jugs
Plastic Soda & Water Bottles
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PAPER

Books/Notebooks
Flyers/Inserts
Magazines
Newspapers
Office Papers

** Any item not listed above should not be recycled in BYU's recycling bins.

All campus offices and common areas should have recycling bins.

To obtain a recycling bin or assistance with removing discarded paper goods during an office move, contact Recycling by calling 801-422-4662.

How We Serve Campus

Each year, BYU recycles approximately 1,400 tons of paper, plastic, and metal. This saves the university tens of thousands of dollars in disposal costs while also generating revenue from the sales of recycled commodities.
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Recycle Everyday Items

We make it possible for students and faculty to recycle everyday items, such as office paper, newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans.
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Recycle Carpet

BYU recycles over 150,000 lbs. of used carpet, preventing 75.92 tons of carpeting materials from being dumped in landfills.
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Recycle Scrap Metal

We collect and recycle industrial scrap metals (steel, insulated wire, concrete, and asphalt).
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Collect Office Papers & Books

When moving an office, we will take any paper that is not being kept or moved to the library to archive. We send collected books to donation, recycle old files, and shred confidential documents.
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Encourage Glass Recycling

BYU does not recycle glass. We encourage students to recycle glass containers at Provo's recycling dumpster at the southeast corner of Smith's parking lot at 100 West and 300 North. There are dividers for clear, green, and brown glass. Provo City Public Works asks residents to please rinse the containers before recycling.

Recycling Events

BYU Recycling hosts events to increase campus awareness and participation in recycling. Event timelines and availability vary from year to year.
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Aerial view of BYU Recycling's RecycleMaze.

RecycleMaze

October

Come try to solve the amazing recycle maze! Find your way through millions of pounds of recycled carboard, milk jugs, paper, and more! While you're running through, try to find all of the incredible recycling facts. Bring your friends, family, dentist - whoever you want! And be prepared to have an amazing time!
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BYU Recycling Cardboard Box Castle event.

Cardboard Box Castle

Winter Semester

In 2012, BYU's student group EcoResponse teamed up with Recycling to beat the world record for the largest cardboard box castle, building and demolishing the structure in a single day. BYU continues to hold the world record, increasing the size and scope of the castle every year. The castle build is usually held in conjunction with the Campus Race to Zero Waste, a nationwide college and university recycling competition.
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