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The Office of Sustainability collaborates with students, staff, faculty, and community partners to reduce the university’s environmental impact and promote cultures of sustainability.

What Can I Recycle at Tulane?
Plastic bottles, metal and aluminum cans, paper, paperboard, and cardboard.

Where is the Recycling Station in my Residence Hall?
Residence halls have a recycling station outside the dorm, or a recycling and garbage room on every floor. Use your room’s recycling bin or your own bag/box to collect recyclables, then bring them to your dorm’s recycling room or station.

Please sort your recyclables into the right container:

  • Paper: All paper accepted, including color paper, newspaper, magazines, envelopes and folders. No bound books or food containers.
  • Plastic bottles & aluminum cans: Only plastic bottles (#1 and #2) are accepted. Please remember to clean out all recyclable materials before depositing them. No plastic bags.
  • Cardboard boxes: Remove all non-recyclable trash, plastic, and Styrofoam packing, and place next to the outdoor recycling station or in the recycling room.
  • No Glass! We are unable to accept glass at this time.

How Can I Practice Sustainability on a Daily Basis?

  • Carry your own reusable bag to use at on-campus retail locations including bookstores and the LBC Food Court. Single-use bags are $0.15 at retail locations.
  • Bring your own mug to PJ’s Coffee for a discount.
  • Use the OZZI reusable container system at dining locations throughout campus.
  • Use your own water bottle and fill up at a water bottle refill station on campus instead of purchasing water in disposable containers.
  • Keep a set of quality reusable silverware in your bag or purse and use this instead of disposable utensils.

How Can I Get More Involved in Campus Sustainability?

  • Join a Club: There are many great environmental organizations on campus for students to join. Some of these include Green Club, Divest Tulane, USG Sustainability Committee, Trash to Treasure, Reily Center Outdoor Adventures, Food Recovery Network, Veggie Club and Green Medical Initiative.
  • Volunteer: Join the Office of Sustainability’s student-led waste reduction group. The waste warriors work on policy change, educational campaigns, and events centered on reducing and reusing Tulane’s campus waste. To join, email recycle@tulane.edu.

Check out The Office of Sustainability for more resources, including the Student Green Guide.