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Recycling at WKU

Single Stream Recycling

Single stream recycling means that most recycling commodities can be combined into one container, making recycling seamless and easier than ever. At WKU, we put paper, plastics #1-7, aluminum, glass, tin, and small cardboard into one container. We separate out larger cardboard, like shipping boxes. We do not recycle plastic bags and styrofoam. When you put all your recyclables into one container on campus, it gets sorted out off site and recycled. 

Learn all about what happens to the recycling when it leaves WKU here.

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For more information about glass recycling click HERE.


Toner Cartridge Recycling

WKU Resource Conservation will recycle your empty cartridges! However, they must be recycled separately. If you would like a Cartridge Recycling Bin for your office or department, contact elizabeth.gafford@wku.edu.

Cartridge Recycling
Cartridge Recycling
Electronic Recycling

WKU Recycling and Surplus handles the disposal of scrap metal, single stream recycling, glass recycling, and e-waste. We work with companies that take the items off site for recycling. All departments needing to surplus electronics or recycle broken electronics should place a surplus pick up request. Learn about what happens to our electronics recycling here.


Community Recycling

WKU Recycling and Surplus invites you to use the community recycling bins located behind the Service and Supply Building (where surplus is located) on campus. At the community recycling bins, we take all single stream commodities (paper, plastics #1-7, aluminum, and tin) in one container. We have a separate container for glass and another for flattened cardboard.

Please place single stream recycling in a white, clear or green bag. Unfortunately, our recycling vendor will NOT accept items in a black bag.


Community Bins




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 Last Modified 12/5/18