School of Medicine moves to single-stream recycling July 1

Recycling at the School of Medicine is about to get easier.

Most recyclable items will be able to be placed in the same container throughout the School of Medicine starting July 1.

The former recycling process required separation of paper products from other recyclable materials. In addition, the medical school will now be able to recycle corrugated cardboard.

“The transition to a single-stream recycling program will provide great benefit as the medical center continues to achieve its goals of significantly reducing waste we send to landfills,” says Ivory Reed Jr., director of facilities administration at the School of Medicine. “We have been working to make recycling simple, efficient and effective.”

Custodial staff will distribute bins to all School of Medicine offices or desks overnight June 30.

Items that can be recycled in the single-stream bins include:

  • Paper: anything that tears, including white, colored and coated paper; magazines and catalogs; envelopes; and phone books.
  • Corrugated cardboard. If it doesn’t fit in the bin, please break it down.
  • Plastics: No. 1-7.
  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Steel
  • Glass (bottles and jars only)

Key materials not to place in the recycling bins are food, ice, liquids or Styrofoam.

The Danforth, West, North and South campuses went to a single-stream recycling program in January.