Recycling is a community effort and state law in New Jersey! It is mandatory for each member of the Drew faculty, staff, and student body to separate their recycling and place it in the proper receptacle. After separation by the community, it is the responsibility of Drew Facilities to manage recyclable material and waste until it is recycled.

RecycleMania 2017 is February 5th until April 1st. This friendly competition among college and universities shows who is the best RecycleManiac — reduce your waste and increase your recycling. Review the guidelines below and click on the tabs for more information.

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Single Stream Recycling

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Please empty & rinse containers before recycling. Food in the recycling contaminates the whole bin.

  • Empty Glass & Cans
  • Empty Food & Juice Boxes
    • Cereal, Snack, and Tissue Boxes
    • Juice Boxes, Soymilk Boxes
  • Mixed Paper: Paper cups, Magazines, Flyers
  • Plastic Bottles & Containers coded #1-7
    • Plastic Containers include: plastic cups, plastic tubs without food, etc.
  • Flattened Cardboard
    • Delivery Boxes
    • Pizza Boxes: remove oily bottom part and put in trash, recycle top part

What Not to Recycle

What Not to Recycle

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  • Plastic Bags or Styrofoam
  • Food
  • Paper Towels & Tissues


Everything Else

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Send empty cartridges in a box or envelope through inter-campus mail for recycling to: “Ink Cartridge Recycling, Receiving Department.” Cartridges can also be taken to Staples and other office supply stores for recycling.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) Lightbulbs

CFLs are energy-efficient bulbs that replace incandescent bulbs and fit into light sockets. Bring your campus-generated spent/dead compact fluorescent light bulbs to the front desk of the Facilities Department in the Pepin Building. Map to Pepin Building. Home Depot will also take unbroken CFLs from homeowners (bring to return service desk). LED lightbulbs save even more energy than CFLs and do not need to be recycled.

Batteries (Re-chargeable batteries only)

Students should bring re-chargeable batteries to the basement of Seminary Hall Cyber Cafe where the battery recycling receptacle is located. Departments may drop off batteries there as well or bring them to the Pepin Services Center. Single use batteries can be put in the waste bins due to new regulations limiting mercury content.
Rechargeable batteries generated off-campus should be recycled at your county’s household hazardous waste drop off. Click here for more information.

Electronic Waste (or “e-waste”)

Drew recycles appliances. Please fill out a work order to have your electronic waste (such as air conditioner, refrigerator, printer, television) recycled and include your location. Learn more about filling out a work order in UKNOW.

Recycling Electronics/Computers

  • Students please fill out a work order for pick up of your electronics or call 973-408-3510.
  • Faculty & Staff can drop off a computer for recycling at the Telecom office in Learning Center or fill out a ticket to request a pick up of your computers.

Why recycle electronics?

Electronics may contain toxins and heavy metals and need to be separated from regular waste to prevent possible release into water bodies and land.

How do I recycle personal home electronics (non-Drew)?

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority of NJ oversees programs for waste and recycling for Morris County residents.



Drew is proud to participate in the annual RecycleMania competition to promote awareness of recycling and waste reduction. Did you know Drew has been competing for over 10 years?

How Does the Recycling and Trash System Work?


Each residence hall is equipped with a trash and recycling container. Each individual is then responsible for emptying these containers of separated trash and recyclables into the larger hall containers. From there the custodial staff empties these larger containers, keeping them in separate bags, and preparing them for pick up from Drew’s recycling and trash hauler.

Offices, Administrative, and Faculty

Offices are moving towards Centralized Recycling Areas that provide a set of two large containers, trash and recycling, for each of  office area instead of individual desks. Few offices still have the individualized “bucket buddy” system. This is a smaller bucket that is attached to the larger receptacle. To properly use the “bucket buddy”, place all paper in the lager section, and all general waste (like a banana peel left over from lunch) in the smaller side attachment.

Facilities and Custodial Staff

After all trash and recyclable materials are placed in the proper containers; the custodial staff takes over. The custodial staff empties all of the containers. Single stream recycling is put into blue bags and trash is put into clear bags. The bags are then placed in toters outside the buildings ready for transport to the Campus Recycling Center. Once at the recycling center, blue bags of recycling are put in recycling dumpsters and clear bags are put in trash dumpsters. Once full, the large dumpsters are picked up by a waste management company and brought to a transfer station. At the transfer station, material is checked to make sure it is free of contamination. From there, the material goes to the recycling facility to be recycled.

As part of our continuing effort to revise and improve the Drew recycling program, we are interested in what you think. Any ideas or suggestions concerning the recycling program can be addressed by contacting Facilities at ext. 3510.

Did you know?

  • If all the morning newspapers read around the country were recycled, 41,000 trees would be saved daily and 6 million tons of waste would never end up in landfills.
  • The top consumer of paper and paperboard per person in pounds for 1995 was the United States with 730 pounds per person. Since then the number has gone up!
  • Every day American businesses generate enough paper to circle the earth 20 times!
  • Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour!
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
  • Americans discard enough aluminum to rebuild our commercial airline fleet every three months.

By recycling one ton of paper, you save:

  • 17 trees
  • 6953 gallons of water
  • 463 gallons of oil
  • 587 lbs of air pollution
  • 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 4077 kilowatt hours of energy