Loyola University Maryland


Loyola Recycles

NOTICE: No Bag Recycling

Plastic bags and plastic films of all types clog and damage sorting equipment at single stream recycling facilities. As a result, Loyola's recycling processor will no longer accept bagged recyclables or recycling that contains plastic bags. Loyola will transition to no bag recycling beginning January 1, 2018. 

Bagged recycling will be rejected by our waste hauler and sent to the landfill for disposal. Contamination fines in the amount of $950 per container will be charged to the university each time plastic bags are found in Loyola’s recycling. Please follow this important recycling rule to protect student and operational dollars.

No Bag Recycling: Office Users 

Office User Recycling Guide.

Office users should continue to collect bottles, cans and clean paper in their recycling bin. Office users may notice their recycling bin is no longer lined with plastic to comply with the new rule. 

No Bag Recycling: Students

Student Recycling Guide.

Students should deposit loose recyclables directly into the green recycling dumpster. Bagged recycling is prohibited.



Loyola Recycles

Loyola University Maryland collects single stream recycling in all operational, academic and residential buildings. 

Single stream recycling is collected from exterior containers by our partner, Waste Management, and hauled to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Elkridge, Maryland to be processed, baled and sold.

Recycle Often

The success of Loyola's single stream recycling program relies on community participation. Every time you recycle, Loyola recycles. Please always sort recyclable items from general waste to contribute to waste reduction and recycling on campus.  

Accepted Recyclables

Plastic and Glass Bottles  Plastic and glass beverage bottles. Glass and plastic jars.
Food and Beverage Cans  Aluminum and tin cans, including soda cans, soup cans, tuna cans, bean cans.
Paper and Cardboard  Clean cardboard and loose paper including envelopes with windows, stapled documents, glossy magazines and cartons.
Plastic Containers

 Narrow neck plastic containers including containers for dish soap, milk jugs, juice containers, shampoo and laundry detergent.

PLEASE DO NOT RECYCLE  Plastic bags, plastic films, food, food soiled items, liquids, tissues, paper towels, coffee cups, Starbucks cups, large rigid plastics such as buckets or chairs.

Recycle Right

Paper, plastics, glass, and metals are separated at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) using a combination of manual handling and mechanical technology. Unfortunately, MRF workers and machine systems are significantly disrupted by contaminants entering the facility.  Please Recycle Right by ensuring recyclables are clean, loose and dry.


Please do not put any waste items into any recycling bin or exterior recycling container. Just one trash or waste item can contaminate an entire recycling bin or an entire recycling dumpster. Recycling that is contaminated with food, liquids or non-recyclable material will be rejected by the recycling facility and sent to the landfill for disposal.


General Community Resources

 what you can recycle on campus and why

what goes where in Boulder Garden Café 

items you cannot recycle on campus

tricky non-recyclables and interesting facts about recycling behavior

Student Resident Resources

how to recycle in your residence hall

pictures of items you can put into your recycling bin

Elkridge Materials Recovery Facility

facts about where Loyola's recycling goes

video tour of a typical recycling facility

Electronic and Hazardous Waste

Email EHS@loyola.edu to schedule an electronic or hazardous waste pick up.