Recycling Information


Single-stream recycling
We can decrease the volume of solid waste we generate at SUNY Oswego by turning many of these disposable items into renewable resources through recycling. Recycling reduces our need to send solid waste to landfills or incineration plants.

What items can be recycled at SUNY Oswego?

  • Glass bottles
  • Metal cans
  • Plastic: food, cleaner and personal care bottles, jugs or tubs with the numbers 1 or 2 on the bottom
  • Paper beverage cartons: milk and juice cartons and drink boxes
  • Office paper: copy/printer paper, envelopes (no plastic windows), post-it notes, stationery, greeting cards
  • Other paper: newspapers, magazines, brown bags, gift wrap
  • Corrugated cardboard, and pizza, cereal, tissue or gift boxes (no food residuals or waxed paper)
  • Electronic equipment including computers, monitors, printers, photocopiers, typewriters, fax machines, shredders, network switches, projectors, cameras and broadcasting equipment. For more information about a list of locations that accept old computers and electronic devices, visit this Microsoft Link.
  • Ink and toner cartridges

recycle bin

Where can I put items to be recycled?
You can find recycling bins in every academic building on campus and in the recycling rooms in every dormitory building. The bins are clearly labeled, and easy to find.

If you are recycling electronic equipment including computers, cell phones, or tablets, contact the Sustainability Office. 

Ink and toner cartridges can be sent through campus mail to the Environmental Health and Safety Office, 110 Lee Hall (Building 4).

If you have a large volume of recyclables, contact Facilities Operations (312.3200) or the Sustainability Office (312-6600).

Where can I get containers for my workspace?
Submit a service request to your custodian.

What about batteries?
You can find battery recycling bins in all residence halls in their respective recycling rooms. Battery recycling bins are also in Penfield Library, Rich Hall, the Marano Campus Center Welcome Desk, and the Sustainability Office in Hewitt Union.

Batteries accepted include alkaline (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt), nickel cadmium, lithium (laptop), nickel-metal hydride (radio) and lead acid. For any other types of batteries or for other questions, contact Eric Foertch of Environmental Health and Safety at (312-3150).

Other questions?
Contact our office at sustainability@oswego.edu