Loyola University Maryland

Sustainability

FAQs

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Recycling

  1. Does Loyola really recycle?
  2. Why should I recycle?
  3. Who handles waste and recycling at Loyola?
  4. What does 'single stream' mean?
  5. What can I put in single stream recycling bins and containers?
  6. What can’t I put in single stream recycling bins and containers?

Composting

  1. What’s composting? 
  2. What can I put into compost bins?
  3. Can I still recycle or compost with food or liquid in my container?
  4. Should I recycle or compost paper? 
  5. Where does Loyola’s compost go? What happens to it?

Other

  1. Who is able to use the campus community garden?

Recycling FAQ

Q. Does Loyola really recycle? 

A. Yes! With the help of Allied/Republic Waste Services, Loyola diverts a large portion of our waste stream to recycling. Although Allied/Republic does collect and process our recyclables, the actual recycling is done by our community. Each time you recycle, Loyola recycles, thank you for pitching in!

Q. Why should I recycle?

A. Recycling saves energy, conserves water, creates jobs, reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and decreases landfill volume.

For a complete overview of the benefits of recycling please check out the EPA's recycling benefits overview

Q. Who handles waste and recycling at Loyola?

A. Allied or parent company Republic Services is Loyola’s main waste service company.  Loyola also works with Waste Neutral for composting services. 

Q. What does ‘single stream’ mean? 

A. All types of accepted recyclable materials can be placed in the same container.

Q. What can I put in single stream recycling bins and containers?

A. Some common items that are currently accepted: mixed paper, such as office paper, magazines,  notebooks, and hard and soft cover books, plastics #1-7, glass, plastic and metal drink containers, milk and juice cartons, aluminum cans, clean foil and aerosol cans. 

Q. What can’t I put in single stream recycling bins and containers?

A. Some common items that are not currently accepted: any material with substantial food debris, paper towels, plastic bags and films, chip bags, coffee cups (including Starbucks), waxed/plastic coated paper, Styrofoam, plastic utensils and plates, light bulbs, and batteries. 

Q. The waste system in Boulder Café and Iggy’s Market is confusing, what goes where? 

A. Recycling: Any plastic marked #1-7, glass, plastic and metal drink containers, plastic food containers with food removed, juice and milk containers, clean paper. 

Compost: Dining’s compostable products including napkins, boxes, utensils, ecotainers and greenware cups.  Food soiled paper, including pizza boxes and napkins, wooden chopsticks and all food waste including meat and dairy.

Landfill/Trash: Styrofoam, paper towels, plastic bags, non-disposable utensils, chip bags, plastic coated paper including coffee cups.

Q. Are Starbucks cups recyclable? 

A. Unfortunately, Starbucks cups and similar coffee cups are not recyclable in many locations, including Loyola. The inner plastic liner that keeps these cups from leaking hot beverages makes them difficult to recycle, and many facilities just aren’t equipped to process them. Starbucks offers products and incentives to help you reduce your Starbucks waste stream, such as a 10 cent discount when you bring a reusable cup. The hot cups in Boulder Café and Iggy’s are compostable. 

Want to know more? Check out Ask Umbra’s response to "Are coffee cups recyclable?"

Q. Why do the trash and recycling trucks look the same? Are they the same?

A. Rest assured that there are separate collection trucks used for trash and recycling. In fact, these trucks are on different routes and collect from campus at different times. All Allied/Republic trucks are blue to allow the company to quickly substitute a truck should one have a mechanical failure. This ensures our waste and recycling is always collected on time.

Q. Why recycle when Loyola staff put all of the recycling into the trash anyway?

A. All staff who handle waste and recycling at Loyola are aware of the campus recycling process and do their very best to ensure all recycling makes its way to the correct container. Bags of trash and recycling are often collected together, which looks scary! However, these bags are always separated into the correct containers by bag color. If a clear recycling bag enters the waste stream it is because the technician found it to be obviously contaminated.  

Q. How do I recycle in my residence hall?

A. The large waste containers (dumpsters) located outside of the residence halls are color coded; green containers for single stream recycling and grey for landfill trash.  Ideally, all recyclables should be loose in the container, but if you must use a bag, please use an open top paper bag or clear colored plastic bag. Trash can be placed in the grey container in any type of bag. 

Q. What, no colored bags? I want to recycle, but I only have white or black bags, what can I do?

A. Collect your recyclables in any bag you choose. Deposit the contents of the bag into the recycling container and put the plastic bag into the trash container. 

Q. What if I don’t have a recycling bin in my room?

A. Contact Facilitates Management at x2200 or online to request a recycling bin. 

Q. How do I recycle…? 

A. Batteries, fluorescent bulbs, electronics, toner cartridges, hazardous waste: contact EHS at x1120 or EHS@loyola.edu 

Q. What are the codes on plastic items?  

A. Plastic recycling codes or Resin Identification Codes describe the type of plastic the item is made from. The codes inform consumers and processers about heating, reuse or recycling restrictions. All plastics marked #1-7 can be recycled at Loyola. 

More information on recycling codes and plastic types.

Q. How clean do my recyclables have to be?

A. Ideally, recyclables should be as clean as you can get them, but in practice, we know this isn’t always possible. Recyclables can have small amount of residue, but should be clean enough to prevent contamination to more delicate items such as paper. Beverage containers do not have to be rinsed, just emptied and resealed. A good wipe or quick rinse should be adequate for heavily soiled items.

Q. How do I prepare a peanut butter jar or similar for recycling?

A. Place a few drops of dish soap into the jar and fill with hot water. After a few minutes replace the lid and shake vigorously. Empty the water and all of the remaining peanut butter. This should leave the jar clean enough for recycling. 

Composting FAQ

Q. What’s composting? 

A. Composting is a process that diverts items such as food waste, plant matter and soiled paper from entering landfills.  When these types of items are combined under the correct conditions they can be transformed into rich soil.

Q. What can I put into compost bins?

A. All food waste, including meat and dairy products. Food soiled paper, chopsticks and dining’s compostable products including napkins, boxes, utensils, ecotainers and greenware cups.  

Q. Can I still recycle or compost with food or liquid in my container?

A. Yes, you can compost all of your food waste, including liquids. 

Q. Should I recycle or compost paper? 

A. Soiled paper should be composted. Clean paper should be recycled. Paper towels and napkins must be composted or placed in trash as they are not recyclable. 

Q. Where does Loyola’s compost go? What happens to it?

A. Compostable material is collected at Loyola from both dining areas and kitchens and hauled biweekly. Waste Neutral uses industrial scale composting techniques to process the material into rich organic soil. Each month we create compost, we accumulate credits that can be used to purchase the soil for planting on campus. 

Here’s a great video that describes how large scale commercial composting works.

Other

Who is able to use the campus community garden?

Everyone who is part of the campus community (students, faculty, staff, and administrators) is able to use the campus garden. We only ask that if you harvest, pull any weeds you might see while you’re over there. Together, we can keep our garden healthy and beautiful.

Still have questions? Email sustainability@loyola.edu