FAQ's About UAF Recycling

Three part recycling bin
  • What types of things are recycled at UAF?  Facilities Services is currently recycling mixed-paper and cardboard by providing dedicated individual paper recycling trash cans at employee desk or work areas. ASUAF recycles many other things.
  • How do I recycle cardboard? Cardboard boxes should be flattened and then placed with other mixed paper in paper recycling bins.
  • Do the custodians empty the paper recycling bins? Yes, the custodians will empty bins when they are full. Timing will depend on how much paper you recycle.
  • Are staples and plastic window envelopesok? Yes, for more information see the paper recycling guidelines.
  • Is the university recycling plastic? Plastic collection is currently limited to the dorms and other areas for data collection. #1 and #2 plastics can be recycled at the Fairbanks Rescue Mission. 
  • What other types of things are recycled? ASUAF is also recycling batteries, cell phones, ink cartridges, aluminum, and tin cans. Contact ASUAF to find the location of the bin closest to you. Please view our recycling chart for more specifics.
  • What do I do if the ASUAF recycling bins are full? Call us at 474-5070 for pick up.
  • Will UAF be expanding the recycling program? Yes. UAF is planning on creating several transfer stations for paper, plastic, glass and aluminum as dumpsters are made available. A station has already been put into place in the Taku parking lot.
  • How do I recycle textbooks? Textbooks can be recycled along with any other type of paper. If you are recycling a small number, they can be placed in a blue paper recycling bin. However, if you are planning on recycling a large volume, contact Facilities by phone at 474-7000.
  • Where does all the recycling at UAF go? After the recycling materials are collected at UAF, they are transported to K & K Recycling Inc.
  • Is shredded paper recycled differently? Yes, it is. Please place all shredded material in a clear plastic bag. Put bagged shredded paper next to a paper recycling bin, or in a dumpster marked for paper and cardboard.
  • Can I financially sponsor part of the recycling program? There are several ways to financially support the program through the Adopt a Dumpster or Recycling Station program. Contact the Office of Sustainability for information, mahebert@alaska.edu.
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