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 Waste Management, Loyola diverts a portion of our waste stream to recycling. 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. EVS staff collect interior waste. Grounds staff collect exterior waste. Waste Management hauls our waste recycling to the landfill and recycling center.  Waste Neutral handles our composting.

Q. What does ‘single stream’ mean? 

A. All types of accepted recyclable material (bottles, cans, paper and cardboard) can all be placed in the same container. Trash and recycling should never be mixed.

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

A. Clean and dry bottles, cans, paper and cardboard. Some plastic containers are also accepted. See the full list at loyola.edu/recycle. 

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

A.  Any material 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: Bottles and cans. 

Compost: 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: plastic bags, chip bags, candy wrappers, salad dressing packages and cracker packages.

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.

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 have been trained on campus recycling procedures and do their very best to ensure all recycling makes its way to the correct container. However, if food waste or liquids are found in recycling, staff have been instructed to divert it to trash to avoid contaminating clean and dry recycling. The best way to ensure Loyola's recycling is recycled is by only recycling clean and dry bottles, cans, paper and cardboard.

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. Place your loose recycling directly into the green container. Trash can be placed in the grey container in any type of bag. 

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. More information on recycling codes and plastic types.

At Loyola, the number simply doesn't matter. Please check our accepted items list to see if your plastic container is accepted at loyola.edu/recycle

Q. How clean do my recyclables have to be?

A. Recycling should be totally clean, dry and free of any food debris.

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. Replace the top and recycle.

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