Recycling Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about recycling at NAU. If your question is not answered below feel free to send us an email at green@nau.edu.

Q. Can I recycle my paper coffee cup?

A. Paper cups are not recyclable at our facility. The sleeve and the lid are both recyclable. We highly encourage the use of reusable mugs at coffee shops as it saves enormous quantities of waste, keeps the recycling dry, and you save 50 cents every use.


Q. What do I do about glass

A. Unfortunately, we CAN NOT recycle glass in our on-campus recycling bins. Glass can be taken to a drop-off location in parking lot P62B, in the southwest corner, near the disc golf course. There are also other drop-off locations around the City of Flagstaff. To find a location visit the City of Flagstaff drop-off locations page. Learn more about what happens to glass and Glass Collection Guidelines.


Q. Where can I recycle batteries?

A. Batteries can be dropped off at the Union and Du Bois information booths as well as brought to Facility Services (building #77) on south campus. If you have 9-volt or button-style batteries as found in watches or small electronics please tape over the terminals.


Q. Where can I recycle light bulbs and Ballasts?

A. Light bulbs and ballasts can be brought to Facility Services (building #77) on south campus.


Q. How do I recycle books?

A. Hard cover books must be torn from their covers in order for the insides to be recycled as paper and the covers to be recycled as cardboard. Soft back books can be recycled as they are. If you have large quantities of books please take them to the recycling dumpster nearest your building. Alternatively, books can be taken to Property Surplus.


Q. How do I recycle office furniture and equipment including computer, monitors, printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, mimeo machines, and photographic equipment?

A. Office furniture and equipment should be taken to Property Surplus.


Q. Where do I take printer toner?

A. All departments must bring their empty toner to Property Surplus.


Q. How do I recycle phone books?

A. NAU no longer receives phone books. If you do have phone books you can take the to the Materials Recovery Facility for recycling.


Q. How do I recycle confidential material or shredding?

A. Confidential material should be shredded. Shredded materials must be bagged separately in clear bags and taken out to the nearest recycling dumpster. Please do not leave clear bags full of shredding near the bins in the hallway.


Q. How do I destroy and recycle confidential material if I do not have a shredder?

A. Under contract with Norton Environmental, Facility Services provides confidential document destruction. In order to have your confidential material destroyed and recycled please collect your documents and place them in file boxes in a secure area. Please remove all binder, bindings, plastic and metal clips. Dial 523-4227 to place a work order. Please request the recycling account as the chargeable account. Please DO NOT collect your paper in over sized boxes or plastic bags unless it has already been shredded. Please DO NOT include other recyclable material (ie. cardboard, plastic, or glass. Please DO NOT tape the boxes shut. For large document purges please request one or more curbside containers through the work order prior to the purge, and arrange for pick up of the containers at a later date.


Q. Can I recycle styrofoam?

A. Styrofoam is not recyclable. We encourage creative reuse of these materials. To dispose of them correctly please take them to a landfill dumpster.


Q. Can I recycle bubble wrap, foam packing peanuts, or other mailing supplies?

A. Bubble wrap, foam packing peanuts, or other mailing supplies are not recyclable. We encourage creative reuse of these materials. To dispose of them correctly please take them to a landfill dumpster.


Q. Can I recycle wire coat hangers?

A. Wire coat hangers damage the machinery at the Materials Recovery Facility. We encourage creative reuse of these materials. To dispose of them correctly please take them to a landfill dumpster.


Q. Can I recycle small office supplies like paper clips and staples?

A. Small office supplies are not recyclable at our Materials Recovery Facility. We encourage creative reuse of these materials. To dispose of them correctly please take them to a landfill dumpster.


Q. Where can I recycle construction waste?

A. To recycle construction waste, contact Norton Environmental and work with the Materials Recovery Facility to correctly dispose of your waste.

 


Q. Can I recycle napkins, food waste, compostable bags, compostable cups, or compostable cutlery?

 

A. All of these items are compostable but not recyclable. The white compostable Pepsi cups can be disposed of in the union in specially marked containers. They will then be composted on campus. All other compostable material can be taken home for a home compost pile or placed in a landfill bin.