Waste Management Services

Waste Management Services has responsibility for waste removal including recycling. If you would like to submit a work order for waste removal, you may do so via:

Recycling Services

Montclair State University uses a single stream recycling system in all buildings. "Single stream recycling" is the process of collecting all recyclable materials (i.e. mixed paper, plastics, metals, glass, and cans) in the same recycling container to be sorted later, off-site, by the University's recycling vendor.


Annually, Montclair State University participates in a friendly recycling competition with over 600 colleges and universities. This competition usually takes place in February and March for 8 weeks. The objective is to raise awareness of the need to recycle at colleges and universities and to motivate students and staff to recycle at home, something they can carry for the rest of their lives.

To check our progress in this year's competition, visit Recyclemania.

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Recycling Overview

Montclair State University is committed to the State of New Jersey's "Sustainability Greenhouse Gas Action Plan," in which we reduce New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions through the reduction of solid waste going from campus into landfills. The program is made up of four components:

  • source reduction
  • reuse of materials
  • recycling
  • purchasing of recycled materials

Source Reduction

  • encourage printing reports and documents on both sides of a sheet of paper
  • using e-mails, rather than printed correspondence whenever possible
  • printing the appropriate numbers of documents for meetings, etc. so as to eliminate waste

Reuse of Materials

  • reuse discarded furniture that is in good shape
  • use glassware, dishware, and flatware rather than disposable paper cups, or plates and plastic ware
  • use products that are reusable, refillable, repairable, non-toxic and recyclable
  • the Housekeeping Department uses “green seal” cleaning chemicals, which are environment friendly


  • Academic Buildings - cans & bottles, mixed paper, and refuse
  • Administration Buildings - cans & bottles, mixed paper, refuse, and copier ink toner
  • Residence Life Buildings - cans & bottles, mixed paper, and refuse
  • Athletic Facilities - cans & bottles, mixed paper and refuse
  • Performing Arts Facilities - cans & bottles, mixed paper, and refuse
  • Student Center - cans & bottles, mixed paper, and refuse

Purchasing of Recycled Content Materials

  • the Midpoint Recycling Centers in the buildings are made of recycled milk cartons
  • the University purchases recycled copier paper
  • the Housekeeping Department purchases recycled paper towels & toilet paper
  • every effort should be made to purchase and use products made or containing recycled materials

Recycling Services-Classroom

  • provide the recycling containers in or near each classroom

Recycling Services-Residence Rooms

  • provide recycling baskets so that students can recycle in their living environment

Recycling Services-Offices

  • provide mixed paper and refuse containers
  • cans & bottles are brought to a central location on each floor


Spencer Carpenter, Director, Grounds Services
Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm