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Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Composting at Knox College

Recycling at Knox
Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling are some of the most direct ways you can make a positive contribution. By reducing the use of purchased goods and materials, you help reduce demand for their production, distribution, and disposal - helping to reduce climate change and pollution. By recycling the items you do purchase, you are decreasing the need for more raw materials also helping the environment and the local economy.


Knox College has had a recycling program since 1993. Working with Knox Advocates for Recycling and Environmental Support (KARES), Facilities Services has broadened the kinds of materials that can be recycled at Knox, as well as the accessibility of recycling bins. Knox works with a local service that picks up our recyclable materials and transports them to a facility in Seaton, Illinois, where the items are sorted. From there, the materials are sent to a regional recycling center for further processing and are sold to manufacturers to make new items. Knox recycled 70.64 tons of recycling in 2012, about 387 lbs. per day!

Every year Information Technology Services invites the Knox community to bring obsolete computer equipment to a central collection point. The equipment is disposed of by donating it to local schools or charities or by sending it to a company that will refurbish what can be salvaged and dismantle and recycle what can't. This is done at no cost to the College and it prevents a lot of reusable and recyclable material from ending up in landfills.

Knox reuses many items through the Warehouse on campus which stores used furniture and other items until they are needed by another department. The on-campus Free Store provides a place for any member of the Knox community to donate unwanted furniture, household items, clothing, books, electronics, etc. which are then given away during weekly open hours.

Recycle this! ...but not this.
All recyclables should be emptied, rinsed, and
free of food debris. All materials are collected together in a single bin.
These items are not recyclable through our local service.
  • Plastics: Any plastic with recycling codes 1,2,3,4,5
    and 7 such as drink bottles, milk jugs, detergent
    bottles, peant butter jars, yogurt containers,
    butter tubs, and take-out trays
  • Film plastics: Plastic grocery bags, package wrapping,
    plastic wrap, Ziploc bags, inflatable shipping material
  • Any metal: Aluminum cans, tin cans, steel cans such
    as aerosol and shaving cream, scrap metal, kitchen
    ware, lawn chairs, and bicycle frames
  • Cardboard: Corrugated boxes, paperboard packaging
    such as cereal boxes, soap, tissues, egg crates,
    food packaging, and shipping boxes
  • Paper: Mixed office paper, newspapers, magazines,
    junk mail, envelopes with windows, paper grocery bags, and books
  • Glass: Brown and clear bottles and jars only
  • Any plastic with recycling code 6, such as styrofoam
  • Wax-covered cardboard such as milk and juice cartons
  • Construction paper, wrapping paper
  • Green glass, window glass, Pyrex, and ceramics
  • Any food waste, liquid or solid


How to recycle on campus      
How to recycle in the residence halls & houses
PLACE IT Recycling bins are in every building on campus, and located outside various buildings. Place recyclables in any designated bin on campus. PLACE IT Recycling bins are in every building on campus, in every residence hall/house, and located outside various buildings. Place recyclables in any bin on campus or store in the recycling container in your room. Local fire codes do not permit storage of recyclables in shared suite areas. Those living on campus are responsible for taking their recycling out for collection.
  • Do not put food or trash in the recycling bins.
  • Empty all cans, bottles, and jars before tossing them in.
  • All recyclables must be empty, rinsed, and clean of food debris.
  • Large boxes can be broken down and placed next to the bags.

BAG IT Recyclables must be placed in white or clear recycling bags for pick-up. Pick up additional bags from your Resident Advisor.

LEAVE IT Tie the bag and leave it outside of the entrance to your building on Mondays or Thursdays before 12:00 noon.

Recycling other items

The following items should not be placed in the Recycling bins on campus, but should be taken to the Office of Sustainability, located in Seymour Union, Room 043, or to the new Recycling Center in the Seymour Union Mailroom. 

  • Mobile phones, MP3 players, electronic handheld device and their accessories
  • Batteries of any type
  • Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL's)
  • Bubble wrap and packing peanuts
  • Writing utensils, ink pens, and markers
  • Printer toner and ink cartridges
  • CD's, DVD's, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, and floppy discs
  • Televisions, computers, computer monitors, small appliances, and radios
  • Any type of electronic waste (E-waste)
  • Cork
  • Old shoes, flip flops, used clothing
  • Candy bar, granola bar, and energy bar wrappers
  • Chip bags