Single stream recycling at Yale


What is single stream recycling?

Single stream recycling allows you to deposit cans, bottles and other glass, hard plastics, and metals in the same bin with mixed paper. Separation occurs via special machinery at an off-site recycling center. This system makes recycling at Yale easier for all. If you have questions about items that are not on this list, visit the RecycleCT Wizard.

What to recycle

Material Yes No
Mixed paper
  • White office paper
  • Colored office paper
  • Copy paper
  • Computer paper
  • Envelopes with or without windows
  • Note cards
  • Glossy paper
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Manila folders
  • Sticky notes
  • Carbonless forms
  • Books
  • Paperboard (ex. cereal box)
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bags
  • Carbon paper
  • Tissue paper
Cans, glass, and plastic bottles

Please rinse off food residue and remove lids before recycling the following materials.

  • Clean aluminum foil or trays
  • Cans, bottles, jugs, jars, and other containers made of glass, metal, or plastics #1, 2, and 5
  • Lids can go in the recycling, but must be removed from the container (this allows for easier material sorting)
  • Pipette tip boxes only!
  • Plastic bags
  • Pyrex glass
  • Window glass
  • Ceramics (ex. dishes)
  • Light bulbs
  • Corks
  • Pipette tips
  • Packing material such as bubble wrap or packing peanuts
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Paperboard
  • Greasy pizza and food boxes