On campus and in the City of Chicago, you can recycle a huge array of items—from cardboard to computers. This directory can help you learn where to recycle everything from packing peanuts to shoes. To streamline your search, we’ve listed where things can be recycled on campus (if possible) and in Chicago. Also, be sure to check the City of Chicago’s recycling directory or the Recycling Manual for the 47th Ward for additional resources. If you’re dealing with construction debris, please go here.
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Aluminum Foil and Cans
You can recycle batteries in the bins around campus, at the following locations:
- 1155 E 60th Street (1st Floor Café)
- All residence hall lobbies
- Anatomy (1st floor near mailboxes)
- Biological Sciences Learning Center (2nd floor)
- Cummings Hall (1st floor mail room)
- Edelstone (entrance)
- Gordon Center for Integrated Science (main entrance of A & B wings)
- Hinds (back entrance)
- Keller Center (Lower Level, Room 0002, Student Kitchenette Area)
- Kirsten (2nd floor)
- Physics Research Building (south entrance vestibule)
- Reynolds Club (basement)
- Social Services Administration (lobby)
- Swift Hall (basement)
- Young Building (3rd floor)
- Zoology (1st floor outside of room 114)
Also at the University's e-waste drop-off locations.
For additional options please visit Call 2 Recycle
You can place cardboard in any recycling container on campus.
AT&T, Best Buy, Office Depot, Sprint, Staples, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless all offer drop-off recycling programs. Please browse their respective websites for more information.
Clothing and Fabric
Computers and Electronic Waste
There are no options for recycling cosmetics on campus at this time.
There are no options for recycling eyeglasses on campus at this time.
There are no resources currently available on campus to dispose of holiday trees.
Household Hazardous Waste
Ink and Toner Cartridges
You can place junk mail (paper/magazines) in any recycling container on campus.
You can list your office supplies on UChicago’s Marketplace.
There are no resources currently available on campus to dispose of pharmaceuticals.
Packing peanuts can be recycled at the UPS store at 53rd and Harper.
VHS tapes can be recycled at any of the e-waste drop-off locations around campus.
There are not currently any water filter recycling options on campus.
For TerraFlo filters, you can mail your filters directly to the company for recycling or find a nearby drop off location.
If your filter is not manufactured by TerraFlo, you can empty the charcoal sand into your garden or into the garbage and then place the #5 plastic container in any recycling bin.
All filters are different, so check with the recycler to find out which brands of water filters are accepted.