Old Corrugated Cardboard Recycling
There are a number of benefits to recycling Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) instead of discarding it. Recycling OCC conserves energy and water usage, while reducing the production of greenhouse gas and certain air pollutants like total reduced sulfur (TRS), volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), and hazardous air pollutants (HAP). Recycling cardboard also reduces demand for virgin timber. It takes approximately three tons of trees to manufacture just one ton of virgin cardboard. It helps reduce waste tipping fees as well. The recycling of one ton of cardboard saves more than nine cubic yards of landfill space.
Old Corrugated cardboard (OCC) recycling is available at select buildings on campus. Each building in the program has a designated collection point, typically on the building dock at back side of building.
Participation is voluntary and designed to make our campus community more environmentally conscious. Those who choose to participate simply move their cardboard to a nearby building collection bin or dumpster marked for collecting old corrugated cardboard. To help promote recycling, each building has a recycling volunteer who serves as a liaison between the building occupants and the Recycling Coordinator.
Weekly pickups vary per building depending on the recycle volume. High volume buildings have collections multiple times per week. Low volume buildings may not have a collection point at that building and may be directed to move their OCC to a higher volume building collection point. See the online campus map for recycle locations.
Special Corrugated Cardboard Recycling Requests: Buildings that occasionally generate a high volume of recycle OCC, possibly due to a special event, can request one-time special collection of OCC by contacting the Recycling Coordinator. In most cases, the OCC will be picked up the next working day.
For this recycling program to succeed, it is essential that we have the cooperation of all building occupants in the removal of contaminates from the cardboard and the delivery of OCC to the designated collection point. Please review the OCC Recycling Guidelines and the list of contaminants both listed below to assist you in your OCC recycling.
We also ask that all cardboard be broken down when placed in cardboard collection bin or dumpster to make removal more efficient for the recycle contractor and for effective use of recycle container space.
To have your building location reviewed for OCC recycling, contact the Recycling Coordinator. We will assist in acquiring the following:
Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) Recycling Guidelines
OCC Contaminates - UNACCEPTABLE (sort out and put in trash or mixed stream)
Visit our Request Form to have your cardboard picked up.
If you have any questions about cardboard recycling, contact the Recycling Coordinator.