Waste Management


With programs for composting and recycling special items, as well as Zero Waste Athletic Events, Miami's recycling and solid waste reduction efforts have come a long way since becoming part of campus operations in 1989.

In 2012, single stream recycling began on campus which allows plastics, cardboard, paper, metal, and glass to all be recycled together in one bin. The key to single stream recycling is to keep all paper dry, with any wet or greasy paper products should be thrown in the trash.

UPDATED MAY 2019 per Rumpke Waste & Recycling: Below is a list of specific items that can be recycled in the blue recycle bins around campus.



  • Newspapers (with glossy ad inserts)
  • Magazines & catalogs
  • Envelopes and junk mail
  • Paper bags
  • Office paper
  • Boxes (break down/flatten large boxes)
  • Pizza boxes (without food residue)
  • Paper towel and toilet paper cores
  • Frozen meal boxes
  • Cereal boxes (the inner liner is trash)
  • Cartons—milk, juice, soup, broth, wine (remove plastic caps), juice boxes are acceptable, throw away the straw

DO NOT recycle:

  • Napkins, paper towels or tissues
  • Paper coffee, tea or cold drink cups
  • Paper plates
  • Cardboard "to go" containers
  • Specially-treated paper (photographs, photo paper)
  • Laminated paper (thick or waterproof coverings)

Aluminum and Steel


  • Soft drink cans
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Tuna cans
  • Soup cans
  • Whipped cream cans (lids & tips removed)
  • Hair spray cans (lids & tips removed)

DO NOT recycle:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Batteries
  • Metal pots/pans/pipes
  • Needles and sharps
  • Metal hangers
  • Metal wire


Recycle: Please note changes

  • Milk bottles & jugs (lids attached)
  • Soft drink & water bottles (lids attached)
  • Shampoo & conditioner bottles (lids attached)
  • Laundry detergent bottles (lids attached)

DO NOT recycle:

  • Items without bottle neck
  • Plastic bags
  • Shrink wrap
  • Film
  • Styrofoam
  • Straws
  • Berry containers (clamshell containers)
  • Yogurt containers
  • Frozen meal trays
  • Salad bowl containers
  • Plastic toys
  • Plastic buckets
  • VHS tapes



  • Beverage bottles
  • Olive oil bottles
  • Food jars
  • Mason jars

All colors are accepted and labels do not need to be removed. Rinse out any residue if needed.

DO NOT recycle:

  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Windows
  • Drinking glasses

Special Recycling

The following items cannot be recycled in Miami's blue bins but can be recycled at other recycling locations.

Plastic shopping bags: Plastic bags are collected at Kroger and Walmart for recycling. Do not use them or include them in regular recycling because they damage downstream processing equipment.

Confidential materials: Complete a service request for pick-up, or drop off at ShredFest.

Computers: Complete an IT service request for a pick-up of university property. The Miami Bookstore provides credit for some brands of personally-owned computers.

Cell phones: The Miami Bookstore collects functioning, as well as broken cell phones, chargers and cables for recycling, and they provide credit for specific brands. You will need to sign a release form acknowledging your responsibility to remove personal data before recycling.

Batteries: All battery types are accepted (including computer and watch batteries). Tape over both terminals of 9-volt batteries, and the positive (+) terminal of other batteries.

Currently (Fall 2019) collections bins are located at: 

  • Amos Music Library 
  • Armstrong Student Center 
  • Art & Architecture Library 
  • BEST library 
  • Engineering Building
  • Farmer School of Business 
  • Hoyt Hall 
  • Hughes Laboratories
  • King Library
  • Kreger Hall
  • Miami University Art Museum
  • Pearson Hall
  • Phillips Hall
  • Psychology Building
  • Roudebush Hall
  • Shideler Hall
  • University Advancement
  • Upham Hall

Toners and Ink Cartridges: Several do-it-yourself mail-back programs are available to recycle toners and ink cartridges. Both HP and Guy Brown are used by offices on campus. Smaller Inkjet cartridges will also be collected at the following locations on campus by the student organization Theta Tau. Collection locations include:

  • Benton Hall
  • King Library
  • Armstrong Student Center