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Recycling at Webster University

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The Webster University Recycling program is committed to promoting campus sustainability through waste reduction by making recycling easy, convenient and accessible. By instilling the principles of individual stewardship, social consciousness and global awareness, we engage the entire campus community in working toward a healthier environment and a more sustainable world.

Webster uses a single stream recycling system.

Single stream recycling is a recycling process in which all recyclable materials may be co-mingled in one bin. Single stream eliminates the need to the separate items by category (paper, aluminum, plastic, etc.), making recycling faster and more convenient.

Paper Cartons (milk, juice, etc.)
Paper Dinnerware: bowls, cups, etc.
Plastic #1-7, clear and colored accepted
Aluminum Cans
Aluminum Foil
Tin Cans
Steel Cans
Glass, clear and colored accepted

Plastic Bags may be recycled in the designated bin at the WVA Clubhouse.

"Weird" Waste Solutions

Plastic Bags: Take them to your local grocery store. 
Hard-back Books: Donate to a thrift store, or your local DAV, Salvation Army or Goodwill. 
Scrap Metal: Facilities Operations can take these items through work orders.
Needles and Syringes: Contact Webster Custodial Services or Health Services to handle these items. 
Light Bulbs: Facilities Operations can take these items through work orders.
Tissues, Paper Towels and Napkins: These items can be composted at certain events and in Marletto's.
Styrofoam: Can be taken to EPC in St. Charles, MO.

Why Recycle?

Recycling items keeps them out of landfills and helps reduce the need for virgin resources. While recycling processes require energy and natural resources just as trash processes, recycling is a much more responsible way to take care of waste instead of simply throwing away. Recycling gives materials a new life. When items make it to the landfill they often take longer to biodegrade, sometimes never breaking down naturally.

Overall, recycling is just one small part of living sustainably and responsibly. One of the best ways to lessen your impact on the environment is to reduce your waste generation as much as you can. Only buy or take something when you need it. Reuse it as often as possible. When it's beyond reusability, then recycle it.

What NOT to Recycle

Foil Juice Pouches
Plastic Snack Bags and Candy Wrappers
Food-Contaminated Items
Paper Towels
Light Bulbs
Waxed Paper

Don't Throw it Away

For items that cannot and should not be recycled in the single stream system, please contact us at so we can help you find a place to recycle them appropriately and responsibly

These items include: electronics, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, clothing, batteries, auto or bicycle parts, small appliances, shoes, paint, records, light bulbs, styrofoam packing materials, ink cartridges, etc


Where to Recycle on Campus:

In Buildings - All buildings have access to blue single stream recycling bins, either single units in individual rooms or tall units at designated recycling areas in hallways. All bins are single stream, unless otherwise labeled.

In Dorms - Please recycle all materials in the central trash/recycling rooms on each floor of the Residence Halls. For larger items, or for students living in the Webster Village Apartments, please take recycling to large labelled in bins or totes in Parking Lot N. Please note that no glass may be recycled in the recycling totes. 

Outdoor Bins - All recycling, once emptied, is taken to metal outdoor recycling containers. These are picked up by the waste hauler on a schedule. Please use these for large items.

→ Download the Recycling Program Brochure PDF
→ Download the Student Club Event Recycling Guidelines PDF

Local Options

Earth 911Type in your zip code to find recycling options for any kind of item.
E-cycle Missouri -Find recycling events and locations based on type of electronic item.
Missouri Recycling Association - For more information about recycling programs and involvement in Missouri.

Home Advisor - Find out what sustainability projects you can do at home. 

Reduce Plastic Waste - An article written by Kim Hart 

ReUse Options

The Freecycle Network
The ReUseIt Network
Goodwill - Donate gently used items

Contact Us

Contact us with questions, comments, and ideas the Sustainability Office at 314-246-8611