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The Office of Sustainability and the University of Wisconsin–Madison take recycling very seriously. By providing information about our recycling programs and working with our partners, including Facilities Planning and Management, the Office of Sustainability hopes to increase recycling literacy and promote sustainable living.

On-Campus-Recycling-with-Office-PaperThe UW–Madison recycling program is separate from the City of Madison. The campus recycling is multi-stream, which separates paper from plastics, glass and metals. If papers and plastics are mixed in a multi-stream recycling system, the recycling is contaminated and may not be processed. The City of Madison uses a single-stream recycling system, in which all recyclable materials are combined in one recycling bin and sorted at a processing plant.

Recycling and composting bins are strategically placed across the UW–Madison campus. For more information about what you can compost, visit our composting page.

Being aware of the type of recycling system that your city or county uses is important. For more information about recycling in Dane County, visit the City of Madison’s website.

Click here for a PDF version of the UW–Madison on-campus recycling guide.


Live in a University Housing residence hall? Click here for a Housing recycling guide.