Single Stream Recycling Program

The Law School is participating in the University’s new "single stream" recycling program and garbage reduction initiative.


On June 3, 2010, Aaron Boggs of Physical Plant, met with members of our staff and faculty to provide an overview of the program and to answer questions. The program has already been implemented in 35 buildings and within the past quarter, the campus has contributed 50 tons of recycled material. Mr. Boggs mentioned he’s received very few complaints and none pertaining to an increase in insects or clogged drains.

By now, each employee has received a small green receptacle for their personal garbage waste. It’s the employee’s responsibility to empty that container into a larger garbage can in their shared workspace. Our existing office garbage cans will be stripped of their plastic liners, affixed with a label and converted to recycling bins, which will be emptied frequently by the custodial staff. Recycling and garbage bins will be placed in each of the law school’s restrooms, kitchens, classrooms, and common areas. Recycling bins will also be placed near each of the copy machines.

Recyclable Materials

  • Paper products: anything that can be torn, i.e. office paper, newspaper (including inserts), envelopes, folders and spiral notebooks, paperback books, magazines, catalogs and telephone books
  • Cardboard, soda boxes, pizza boxes, and brown bags
  • Plastic: food containers, milk and juice bottles, buckets, PVC narrow neck containers (e.g. spray bottles), and bottle caps
  • Aluminum cans, trays and foil, steel cans and tins

Exceptions: light weight plastic items (e.g. Kroger and Subway bags) should be bundled together, as well as light weight paper items (e.g. sugar packets, envelopes) so that they don’t fly off the sorting machine. Shredded paper should be placed in a plastic bag then tossed into a recycling bin for collection. Currently, only paper back books are recyclable, but the law library is investigating options for recycling hard bound books.

Non-recyclable Materials

  • Human soiled products (e.g. tissues, toilet paper)
  • Food products (e.g. coffee grinds, chicken bones, apple cores)
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Motor oil, insecticide, herbicide or hazardous chemical containers

All containers must be emptied, but they do not need to be rinsed. Nor do the labels need to be removed.

Download this guide for a complete list of everything that’s covered by “Commercial Single Stream Recycling.”

Full Story: "Single-stream recycling program keeps extra 12 tons of materials out of landfill so far" (UofL Today, May 21, 2010)