What Do We Recycle at the University

UNL Recycles...


Acceptable Cardboard Items
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Envelope Boxes
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Pop Cartons
  • Tissue Boxes
  • Posterboard
Unacceptable Cardboard Items
  • Cardboard with food waste
  • Cardboard with oil
  • Wax coated cardboard
  • Styrofoam

Mixed Office Paper:

Acceptable Office Paper Items
  • Printer Paper
  • Copy Paper
  • Tablet Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Sticky Notes
  • Bagged Shredded Paper
  • Brochures
  • Ream Wrappers (paper only)
  • File Folders & Card Stock
  • Call 402-472-9139 for pick up of books, journals, phone directories, etc. Large quantities only.
Unacceptable Office Paper Items
  • Paper Clips and Binder Clamps
  • Folders with metal parts (ex. hanging folders)
  • Plastic and Metal Bindings
  • Directories, Magazines, Catalogs, and Journals
  • Food and Candy Wrappers
  • Paper Towels and Tissue Paper


  • Daily Nebraskan, Lincoln Star, Wall Street Journal, etc...advertisement inserts are okay.
  • Magazine and Catalogs

Other Collectibles:

  • Phone books (Special Yearly Collection)
  • Beverage containers (Picked up by Pepsi Cola in designated locations)
  • Steel cans (in bulk)
  • Plastic containers (in bulk)
  • Pallets
  • Printer Cartridges
  • Toner Cartridges
  • Waste Oil

Have a question? Call: 402-472-9139 or 402-472-1550

Flyer outlining the recyclable materials listed below
Download Recycling Reference Chart