DePaul University Environmental Health and Safety > Recycling Program

Recycling at DePaul

DePaul's recyclables are collected by Republic Services to be sorted, compacted and soldRepublic practices single stream recycling, meaning that no separation of recyclables is required. So why are there so many types of recycling bins on campus? The different bins help to reduce contamination (e.g., when paper is kept separate from bottles and cans, less of it gets wet and dirty which makes it unfit for recycling) and spread awareness. Republic Services also extracts recyclables from the regular waste stream in their facilities. Overall, DePaul on average recycles 70-80 tons of material each month.

On Campus

General Recycling Bins

  • All types of paper except: NO coffee cups, food containers, paper towels, napkins, tissues, glossy receipts or paper that is excessively wet
  • Aluminum & Tin Cans 
  • Glass Bottles 
  • Plastic Bottles & Jugs marked as #1-5 or 7 (leave caps/lids on!)

Battery & Cell Phone Bins

All types of batteries & phones are accepted. Bin locations:
  • John T. Richardson Library, Kenmore entrance
  • McGowan South, 1st floor near Belden entrance
  • Ray Meyer Fitness & Recreation Center lobby
  • Schmitt Academic Center, 1st floor near elevators/Kenmore entrance​
  • School of Music, 1st floor near bulletin board​
  • Student Center, 1st floor near information desk
  • LOOP: DePaul Center, 1st floor near security desk

Other Items

Gently used shoes of any size/type can be placed in the Share Your Soles bin in the Ray Meyer Fitness & Recreation Center lobby.

Ink & toner cartridges can be sent to Procurement Services.

Off Campus

If you live in Chicago in a building with 4 units or less, you are part of the Blue Cart recycling program. Check out the Recycle By City - Chicago site for tons of helpful information about what you can & cannot recycle.

As of January 1st, 2017, an amended version of Chicago's 20 year old recycling ordinance is in effect. The ordinance has always required residential buildings with more than 4 units to provide recycling services, but has been updated to provide greater clarity to property owners and equip City officials with stronger enforcement capabilities. Residents may report non-compliance to 311 or My Building Doesn't Recycle, who will pass the information on to Streets and Sanitation. Click here​ to learn more about the changes!

If you live outside of Chicago, your local government can provide you with information about their recycling program. If one is not in place, Earth911's recycle search is a good place to start for nearby options.

We're happy to answer any/all of your recycling questions. Ask away!​