Waste and Recycling

The University of Utah is committed to first, reducing campus waste; second, reusing products that can be given a second life; and third, recycling, which diverts waste away from the landfill to recycling facilities.

What the University is Doing

U Recycle Day

On U Recycle Day, bring your unwanted electronics and personal documents to U Recycle Day. Participants are also invited to donate non-perishable food items, which will be given to the on-campus Feed U food pantry. This event is open to the University of Utah community and Salt Lake residents and is hosted by the U’s Sustainability Office. Please bring residential items only; business materials will not be accepted. Event occurs annually in April or May.

Recycling programs

There are several recycling programs around the campus that handle waste for specific areas or materials these programs are managed by Facilities Management.

Main Campus

The main campus recycling program includes separate bins for plastics #1 & #2, paper and aluminum cans. In addition, the Facilities Management can collect on request printer cartridges, cardboard, pallets, and potentially other difficult-to-recycle items. Contact U Recycling Manager for more information. There is limited glass recycling available on the main campus.

Housing & Residential Education Recycling and Huntsman Cancer Institute Recycling

These recycling programs accept in one bin plastics #1-#7, white office paper, and mixed paper, aluminum cans and cardboard.

University Hospital Recycling

This program accepts in one bin plastics #1-#7, white office paper and mixed paper, aluminum cans and cardboard.

University Student Apartments

This program accepts in one bin plastics #1-#7, white office paper and mixed paper, aluminum cans and cardboard.


University Dining Services composts pre- and post-consumer food waste through Wasatch Resource Recovery. The university is evaluating opportunities to expand composting.

Surplus & Salvage

Surplus & Salvage receives all university-owned equipment once its original owner decides to discard it. They offer the equipment for resale and discard the items they can’t sell. Their efforts save many tons of furniture and equipment from being thrown in Salt Lake’s landfills each year.

Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety

The Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) department manages the University’s compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Utah Division of Environmental Quality. Contact OEHS to request for pick up for any hazardous materials.

What You Can Do

Waste is a byproduct of living; it is important that each individual takes charge of personal waste and be responsible for reducing waste, reusing items and distributing recyclables into the proper bins.

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