PAPER & CARDBOARD, PLASTIC & ALUMINUM, OTHER COLLECTIBLES Accepted Materials

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Cardboard
NOTE: *All items must be clean, dry, and broken down to be accepted*

Accepted

  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Pizza boxes *must be free of contaminants including solid food residue and other waste items, small grease stains are okay

Unaccepted

  • Soiled, wet, or contaminated cardboard

Paper

Accepted

  • Colored and white copy paper
  • Notebook paper
  • Mail and envelopes
  • Sticky notes
  • Paperback books
  • Journals and magazines
  • File folders and cardstock
  • Bagged shredded paper
  • Non-corrugated cardboard and paperboard-cereal, soda can, and tissue boxes
  • Brown kraft paper (from packages) and paper bags
  • Newspaper
  • Molded pulp packaging

Unaccepted

  • Papers with metal parts, staples, or spirals (please remove prior to recycling)
  • Paper towels, tissues, napkins
  • Paper plates and coffee cups
  • Soiled or wet paper

Plastic & Aluminum
NOTE: *All items must be free of food and liquid*

Accepted

  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastic items #1, 2, and 5 including clean and dry plastic beverage bottles, cups, and clear clamshell containers (Lids are okay)

Unaccepted

  • Aluminum foil
  • Styrofoam products
  • Motor oil and chemical containers (please visit ehs.unl.edu for direction)
  • Plastic plates or silverware
  • Plastic grocery bags (please return these to local grocery and retail stores for special collection)
  • K-cups or food wrappers

When in Doubt, Throw it out!

Have questions? Email recycling@unl.edu

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