Recycling can contribute significantly, both on an individual level and within broad collective efforts, to reduce our consumption. Consider, for example, these facts about recycling.
Recycling Paper & Cardboard
Please place recyclable paper in the designated containers or bins. These are papers that can be recycled:
- Newspapers and inserts
- Phone books
- Mail, cards, envelopes, etc.
- Wrapping paper
- Printing paper
- Paper bags
- Boxboard (thin cardboard, such as cereal boxes, soda cartons, etc.)
These Papers Cannot Be Recycled:
- Pizza boxes
- Soiled or food-stained paper
- Paper towels, facial or toilet tissue
- Disposable paper plates and cups
- Gift bags
- Milk and juice cartons
You may recycle shredded paper if the paper met the recycling guidelines before it was shredded. Special attention is required when shredding sensitive documents which are typically defined as containing FERPA, financial, social security numbers or other personal information. The IRS standard for shredding sensitive information is 5/16 inch wide or smaller strips and recommends cross cut shredders for the best destruction method.
Please put shredded paper into plastic bags before placing in a designated facility bin to prevent littering. If the bag is too large, place it near the bin, away from pedestrian passageways. You may submit a Waste Pick Up Request or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pickup for large shredding jobs.
Please place recyclable plastic in the designated containers or bins.
Only plastics with the numbers 1 & 2 are recyclable. Confirm the recycling number by looking on the bottom of the item before placing it in a container or bin.
Types of plastic that can be recycled:
- Water, soda, and juice bottles
- Milk jugs
- Shampoo, conditioner, and liquid soap bottles
- Detergent, bleach, and cleaning fluid bottles
- Margarine tubs and yogurt containers
- Plastic bottles and lids
- Plastic food and produce containers
Rinse all food waste from recyclables before placing in recycling containers.
Types of plastic that cannot be recycled:
- Plastics with the recycling numbers 3 – 7 such as Solo cups, plates, and utensils
- Plastic bags and packaging
- Plastic Toys
- Plastic containers with oil or other hazardous material
Recycling Corrugated Cardboard
What is corrugated cardboard?
Corrugated cardboard is thick and has a wavy middle layer that is typically used to make moving and shipping boxes.
Pizza boxes or any cardboard with food residue cannot be recycled.
Corrugated cardboard should be placed in a designated facility bin or recycling dumpster.
Recycling Aerosol Cans
ASU has purchased an aerosol can crusher to recycle cans purchased with university funds. Please submit a Waste Pick Up Request for aerosol cans to be picked up or email email@example.com to schedule a delivery.
Paper and Plastic
Bins have been strategically placed in the following campus facilities to collect paper and plastic recyclables.
- Academic Building
- North: First floor by stairwell
- South: First floor by stairwell
- Administration Building – First floor in hallway by Controller’s Office (Room 108)
- Annex Buildings – Inside West Annex
- Carr Education-Fine Arts Building – Central Spine in hallway by stairwell
- Cavness Science Building – First floor in hallway by Room 103
- Center for Human Performance – First floor in hallway by Main Offices
- Central Receiving – Warehouse
- Facilities Management Complex – Loading dock
- Hardeman Building – Second floor in hallway by elevator
- Houston Harte University Center – First floor, south entrance
- Mathematics-Computer Science Building – First floor by northeast entrance
- Porter Henderson Library
- First Floor – Inside Loading Dock
- Third Floor – Hallway by Room 3M3 (Mechanical Room)
- Rassman Building – First floor by main stairwell entrance
- Reidy Building – Inside University Police Department
- University Clinic – Near back door
- Vincent Building
- First Floor – Hallway by men’s restroom
- Second Floor – Hallway by women’s restroom
Recyclables are picked up weekly at most locations. To schedule an additional pick-up or to request a pick-up of other recyclables such as bulk quantities paper/books/magazines or batteries and bulbs, please submit a Waste Pick Up Request.
Bins have been placed in the facilities listed below to collect corrugated cardboard and may be added to other locations on an as need basis. Departments may also take cardboard directly to a recycling dumpster. (Please, no pizza boxes!)
- Administration Building – First Floor in Hallway by Purchasing Office
- Carr Education-Fine Arts Building – Central Spine in Hallway by Stairwell
- Cavness Science Building – First Floor in Hallway by Room 103
- Porter Henderson Library – Third Floor in Hallway by Freshman Honors
Cardboard should always be flattened before placing in a bin or dumpster to prevent wasting space for other recyclables.
Dumpsters have been strategically placed throughout the campus to collect recyclables (remember: no Pizza boxes). Items such as paper, plastic, cardboard, tin, and aluminum may be comingled in all of the recycling dumpsters which are at the following locations:
Auxiliary and E&G Facilities
- Administrative Support Center – Southwest side of parking lot P-06
- Carr Education-Fine Arts – North side of parking lot P-41 by the landfill dumpster
- Cavness Science Building – Southwest side of parking lot P-38
- Facilities Management Complex – North side of the complex yard
- Food Service Center – North side of facility near the loading dock (temporarily between Concho Hall and Plaza Verde Clubhouse due to construction)
- Hardeman Student Services Center – Southwest side of parking lot P-04
- Houston Harte University Center – Southwest side of facility near the loading dock
- Junell Center – West side of the facility
- Mathematics-Computer Science Building – South side of facility by the landfill dumpster
- Porter Henderson Library – Northwest side of parking lot P-37 by the landfill dumpster
- Vincent-NPS Building – Southeast side of parking lot P-11 by the landfill dumpster
- Centennial Village – Parking lot P-02 by the landfill dumpster
- Vanderventer Apartments – Northwest side of complex by the trash compactor
EHSRM recycles toner cartridges via a free service through a cartridge return center in Illinois. Please bring used toner cartridges to the Facilities Management Building, Room 119.
EHSRM also recycles batteries and light ballasts through Ric Abbott Company locally at no cost. Please bring used batteries to Facilities Management Building, Room 119.
Contact EHSRM to coordinate pickup of large quantities of recyclables.
Things You Can Do
- Report wasted energy and water. Contact Facilities Management at 325-942-2355 to report any water drips, sprinkler malfunctions or lights left on.
- Reduce paper use. Do not print large quantities of web pages, report drafts, emails or class notes. Reuse bags, envelopes and scrap paper. Make double-sided copies and use route slips and electronic communication when possible.
- Turn off lights when they are not in use. Buy fluorescent desk lamps and replacement bulbs instead of incandescent or halogen bulbs when possible. Turn off all lamps and overhead lights when not in use.
- Turn off your computer monitor when not in your office or room. Turn off your computer when it is not in use. Just turning off your computer monitor when you leave your office or room helps! Buy energy efficient computer equipment with the Energy Star label when possible.
- Buy products containing recycled materials. That way, we can recycle the products we buy, including the packaging.
- Bike, walk, carpool or take the city bus. Biking and walking are great ways to get exercise! Carpooling or taking the city bus helps use less petroleum products and reduces car emissions.
- Conserve water. When washing your hands, use only enough water to wet your hands and rinse off the soap. Turn off the faucet in between. Report any leaks or drips to Facilities Management for repair. Saving every drop of water helps! Don’t forget to turn the water off while brushing your teeth.
- Regulate your own temperature. Dress appropriately for the season. Wear cool clothing in the summer and sweaters during winter instead of turning the thermostats up or down. Use energy wisely!
- Avoid disposable products. Use a refillable mug. Reuse shopping bags (or buy canvas bags). Select products with reduced and recyclable packaging.
- Recycle your used materials. Paper, cardboard and beverage containers can be placed in designated receptacles around the campus for recycling.
Thank you for conserving resources and recycling at Angelo State University!
The central theme of Angelo State University’s Quality Enhancement Plan is to CONNECT the campus and community and seek to engage students, faculty, and staff on our campus with the local, regional, national, and global communities to enhance student learning and better serve those communities. One of the opportunities we have locally is community recycling.
Butts Recycling is located at 615 W. 11th Street and has information about acceptable recyclables and disposal requirements on its website.
These local businesses also accept recyclables:
- Home Depot, 4363 W. Houston Harte Expressway, accepts linear and circular florescent bulbs.
- Lowe’s, 5301 Sherwood Way, accepts linear and circular florescent bulbs.
- Best Buy, 4325 Sunset Drive, accepts printers and household batteries (9 volt, AA, etc.).
- Ric Abbott Company, 6577 Highway 277 South, accepts batteries and light ballasts
- Shipping Point, 1300 W. Beauregard Ave., accepts packing materials.