♻ The recycling program began as a student-run initiative in 2000. Just three years later, recycling workers extended their service to create a university-wide recycling program; recycling is now part of General Support Services.


Who can recycle on campus?

Everyone! There are public bins for mixed paper, cardboard, cans and plastic bottles distributed throughout campus—keep an eye out for the blue bins with the recycling symbol .

Departments can also request to be included in the unit bin pick-up weekly route. Find out more about departmental services, including recycling batteries and computer items, on the intranet:

  Faculty & Staff Resources


What can I recycle? DOs and DON'Ts

Mixed Paper & Cardboard


  • White or color sheet paper
  • Glossy paper
  • Junk mail
  • Window envelopes
  • Paper board (e.g., cereal boxes)
  • Gift wrap
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Flattened cardboard (place next to the recycling bin)
  • Staples are okay

Examples of recycleable mixed paper and cardboard

DOES NOT Include:

  • Milk or juice cartons or boxes
  • Hardcover books
  • Binder clips
  • Any metal/plastic bindings

Do not include milk or juice jugs



  • Tin cans & aluminum cans
  • Disposable bakeware (muffin tins, lasagna trays)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Foil yogurt tops

*Be sure to rinse off any food left on items.

Examples of recycleable cans and metals

DOES NOT Include:

  • Scrap metal of any kind



  • #1 PETE bottles or jugs with a neck
  • #2 HDPE bottles or jugs with a neck

PETE #1 and HDPE #2 Plastics Examples

DOES NOT Include:

  • Bottle caps
  • #3 through #7 plastics
  • Tubs (e.g., yogurt)
  • Cups
  • Take-out containers
  • Bottles that held chemicals
  • Plastic bags
  • Stretch film

Examples of plastics can not recycle including sandwich bags, shopping bags, and plastics #3-7.


Pick up dates and times, and any changes will be announced here as well as in the Green & Gold. The Recycling crew will do its best to announce schedule changes at least one week in advance. 

Please remember that while recycle can be expected to be picked up on certain days, specific times are not promised. It is advised that all materials be ready and accessible at 8:00 am on the scheduled day to ensure pick-up.

  • Schedule


    • Professional Studies Building
    • Wendy Williamson-Auditorium
    • Gordon Hartlieb Hall
    • Auto/Diesel Technologies
    • Lucy Cuddy Hall
    • Rasmuson Hall-Mixed
    • Allied Health Sciences


    • Beatrice McDonald Hall
    • Sally Monserud Hall
    • Eugene Short Hall
    • Seawolf Sports Center
    • Student Union
    • Ansep building
    • Enrollment Services Center


    • Engineering & Industry Building
    • Health Sciences Building
    • Engineering & Computation Building
    • Natural Sciences Building
    • Social Sciences Building
    • Spine 1 and 2
    • Ecosystem Biomedical Health Laboratory


    • Bragaw Buildings
      • Bragaw Office 1
      • Bragaw Office 2
      • Bragaw Office 3 - Mixed
    • Aviation Technologies Building
    • Gambell Professional Building
    • Rasmuson Hall – Paper (ASD Voc Program Students)


    • University Lake Building
    • University Lake Annex
    • Alaska Airlines Center
    • MAC Student Housing
    • Edward Lee Gorsuch Commons
    • Residential Life Office
    • North Hall Student Housing
    • West Hall Student Housing
    • East Hall Student Housing
    • Fine Arts Building
    • Ansep Academy Building
    • Conoco Philips Integrated Science Building
    • Administrative & Humanities Building
    • Consortium Library





"Can I Recycle..." FAQs 

  • Food containers?
    While you can recycle plastic soda and water bottles (please rinse them out), you cannot recycle food containers. Avoid placing food containers in recycle bins as it will contaminate the entire bin and it will all need to be thrown out.  
  • Coffee cups?
    Unfortunately, no. Coffee cups come with a lining which inhibits it from being a recyclable material.
  • Used paper plates, cups, napkins, and towels?

    While it is true that these materials are generally made from paper, most of these items (once used) have food residue on them. For example, if pizza boxes have cheese or grease on the cardboard, they cannot be recycled.

  • Batteries?
    Personal batteries such as AA can be taken to Total Reclaim. Batteries purchased for and consumed by UAA can be recycled at UAA—see the Faculty & Staff Resources Recycling page for more information.
  • Glass?
    Yes! For beverages or food items bought or consumed on campus, place the glass container in either bins designated for can or plastic recycling. The UAA Recycle Crew will sort it out for you. 
  • Books?
    Yes; however, here are a few rules to keep in mind. Paperback books may be recycled and it's okay to keep both the front and back covers in tact. Hardcover books must have the front and back covers removed before recycling. Books that are bound must have the bindings removed before recycling. 

Employment Opportunities

The UAA Recycling team is operated by student employees. Interested in supporting UAA in its green endeavors while also earning some green? Check to see if there are some open positions on UA Careers.