UC San Diego Recycling Guide


Follow these simple steps for proper disposal at UC San Diego.

 What’s not recyclable?

  • Carbon paper
  • Plastic-coated papers
  • Tissue or paper towels
  • Paper or containers contaminated by food or other organic waste
  • Plastic film
  • Styrofoam packing peanuts, food clamshells, plates, cups, etc.
  • Trash

Single-stream recyclables (blue bin)

  • Containers
    • Glass, steel and tin
    • Paperboard water containers
    • Plastic bottles and containers with the #1-7 recycling symbol on the bottom (rigid plastic only, not plastic film)
    • Aluminum cans and clean foil
    • Aerosol cans that contain no propellant or material
  • Mixed paper
    • White writing paper and stationery
    • Tablet paper and tablet cardboard
    • White and colored copy paper
    • Computer paper (green and blue bar)
    • Colored triplicate forms
    • Sticky notes
    • Paper cups
    • Paper wrappers
    • Magazines
    • Newspaper
    • Blueprint paper
    • All envelopes
    • Junk mail
    • Telephone books
    • Paperback books
    • Manila folders
    • Boxboard (e.g., cracker or cereal boxes)
    • Corrugated cardboard
  • Block Styrofoam
  • Plastic Utensils

What to do:

  • Keep all recycling containers free of trash.
  • Empty containers before recycling them.
  • Remove lids from glass containers and flatten cans and plastic bottles whenever possible.
  • Empty and flatten all cardboard boxes and place them inside recycling bins. (Do not leave boxes near bins, dumpsters, or on loading docks.)
  • With paper, remove metal, plastic bindings, rubber bands and plastic bags. (Staples do not need to be removed.)
  • Place materials in any campus recycling container, including office bins.

Note: Before purging paper files or generating large quantities of paper or beverage containers, contact the Facilities Management Customer Relations help desk, (858) 534-2930, at least 48 hours in advance to obtain a large temporary recycling container.

Other recyclable materials:

How to dispose of:

Special Collection Bins @ the SRCspecialty-bins

These items should not be disposed of in single-stream (recycling) or sent to the landfill.  Items we collect include: Plastic Bags, Toner Cartridges, Hand-Held Electronic Devices and Cords, Writing Instruments, Batteries, Light Bulbs (not currently accepting long fluorescent tubes), and packaging materials (bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and air cushions).

The Sustainability Resource Center is open during the academic quarters from 9AM-4:30PM.

Find a Recycling Center Near You!

Search for recycling centers nearest you by entering your zip code at Earth911

Recycling Centers in La Jolla:

  • Doyle Recreation Center (8175 Regents Rd
  • Standley Park (3585 Governor Dr)
  • Whole Foods Market (8825 Villa La Jolla Dr)
  • NextCycle (7788 Regents Rd)
  • rePLANET (4236 Genessee Ave)


Green Labs: Laboratory Recycling Signage

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Green Office Recycling Signage

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How to compost on campus:

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