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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 or styrofoam. When you put all of 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.


Single Stream Recycling bins are available in all buildings on main campus. Indoor bins are serviced by Facilities Management Environmental Services Attendants (ESA's). ESA's pull filled green bags from the recycling bins and take all recycling to the large recycling dumpster outside of each building. Single Stream recycling is also collected at all major events on campus. After large events, student and community volunteers recycle all material left in the bleachers through the Stadium Recycling Program. Lastly, single stream recycling is collected in outdoor bins. These bins are serviced by the Facilities Management Grounds Crew. Recycling is made possible through the dedicated work of our custodial staff, grounds employees and enthusiastic volunteers. 


 ESA gathering recycling      Outdoor Recycling BinsVolunteers gather recycling from fans


Toner Cartridge Recycling

Toner cartridges are recyclable! Spent cartridges can be brought to the second floor of SSB or picked up by entering an IT service request. If you would like a Cartridge Recycling Bin for your office or department, contact courtney.martin@wku.edu

Electronic Recycling

WKU Surplus manages all post consumer electronics! Although WKU has a strong relationship with a regional e-waste recycler, WKU works to maximize the use and revenue of electronics through selling items on GovDeals or reusing the electronics on campus. If an electronic item cannot be sold or reused, it is then sent to an electronic recycling center; C&I Electronics in Evansville, Indiana. All departments needing to surplus electronics or recycle broken electronics should place a surplus pick-up request. Learn about what happens to our recycled electronics here.


Community Recycling *Temporarily Unavailable 

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



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 Last Modified 3/22/22