Recycling Program

Recycling Logo

UAF recycling started with paper products in 2010 and quickly grew to include aluminum, steel, plastic, clothing, ink/toner cartridges, and other miscellaneous items. Collection bins can be found all over campus, including off-campus buildings associated with university. The Office of Sustainability employs a team of students to collect the recycling from these bins. The recycling is taken to the Taku parking lot where it is kept for pick-up. The student teams use an electric cart for recycling pick ups during warmer weather and a vehicle in the colder winter months.

The student teams collect from four zones: off-campus, dorms, West Ridge, and lower campus. Each of these four zones is maintained at different frequencies depending on the bin usage and the amount of traffic in the area. Bins in the dorms are collected daily due to the heavy usage and high-traffic placement, while the off-campus, West Ridge and lower campus bins are collected two to three times a week. 

Cartoon recycling bear with link to recycling guide

UAF Recycling operates as a partnership between students (Associated Students of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks) and the administration (Facilities Services).

UAF provides the physical location (Taku lot) and most of the  trash collection bins for the recycling programs.  We also provide litter pickup and general maintenance on the grounds around the collection bins.

The disposal of the recycled items is provided and scheduled by K & K Recycling.  A representative for the company stated that they provide service 5 days a week for paper and plastics and monitor the other bins on each run they make.  By not emptying container bins that are only half full, they see a significant savings in fuel costs.

Listen to a recycling KUAC radio kickoff broadcast.

How to Recycle Materials at UAF

Recyclable materials How to prepare the materialsWhere to recycle the materials

Aluminum

  • Beverage containers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Pie tins

Aluminum

  • Drain and put in building containers.

Aluminum

  • Request bin emptying by contacting 474-5070

Clothing

  • Any fabrics in reusable condition

 Clothing

  • Garments should be in reusable condition because FRA works with Value Village to distribute items.
  • Donate non-reusable items to the Alaska Rag Company - 907 451-4401.

Clothing

  • Place clothing in the blue "Closet Collections" bin in the Taku parking lot

E-Waste

  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Phones
  • Faxes

E-Waste

  • Transfer electronic items to UAF surplus.

E-Waste

Glass

  • Clear, brown, green
  • Jars and bottles

Glass

  • Remove caps.
  • Rinse and clean.
  • No lightbulbs.

Glass

  • UAF orange dumpsters for glass are in the Taku parking lot.

Ink/Toner Cartridges

  • Laser toners
  • Ink jet
  • Xerox
Ink/Toner Cartridges
  • Place intact cartridge in specified building container.

Ink/Toner Cartridges

  • Request an ink/toner building recycle container from 474-5070
  • Request bin emptying from 474-5070

Paper and Cardboard

  • White and colored paper and notebooks
  • Books, including phone books
  • Newspapers, magazines, and catalogs
  • Business cards
  • Post-it-notes, file folders, and envelopes
  • Shredded paper
  • Cereal boxes
  • Clean, disposable paper cups
  • Paper egg cartons                               

Paper and Cardboard

  • Flatten all boxes.
  • Must be free of food and grease.
  • Staples ok.
  • Remove all large clips.
  • Place all shredded material in a clear plastic bag.
  • For large volumes of paper cardboard and books, call Facilities @ 7000.

Paper and Cardboard

  • Use individual blue paper bins.
  • Request a blue bin from 474-5070
  • Use designated dumpsters in Taku parking lot.
  • Put bagged shredded paper next to bin or paper dumpster.
  • For large volumes, call Facilities @ 7000.

Plastics

Plastic collection is currently limited to the dorms and other areas for data collection. #1 and #2 plastics can be recycled at the Fairbanks Rescue Mission. 

  • #1-#7 bottles
  • Plastic bags
  • Yogurt containers
  • Milk jugs
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Beverage containers
  • Plastic CD cases

Plastics

  • Rinse and drain. No containers from products that are poisonous, like weed or bug killer.
  • No containers from products that could cause a chemical burn, like drain cleaner.
  • No containers from products with an oil base, like lamp oil or motor oil, and no cooking oil based products.

Plastics

  • Request bin emptying from 474-5070

Steel

  •  Tin Cans
 
 
 
 

 

Steel

  • Rinse containers.
  • Remove labels.
  • No containers from products that could cause a chemical burn, like drain cleaner.
  • No containers from products with an oil base, like lamp oil or motor oil, and no cooking oil based products.

Steel

  • UAF black dumpsters for tin are in the Taku parking lot.

Other Recyclables

  • Cell phones
  • Batteries
  • Clothing
  • Coal ash
  • Dining services protein scraps, food waste, and cooking oil

Other Recyclables

Other Recyclables

  • Contact 474-5070 for information on bin location and how to recycle each of these types of items:
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