Illustration of a single-stream recycling bin


Montclair State Recycles!

We run a single-stream recycling program. Single-stream recycling means that we put all of our recyclable materials into the same bin. All recyclable paper, plastic, glass, and metal are collected together to be transported to a materials recovery facility (MRF) where they are sorted and processed for recycling.

What can I recycle on campus?

Before you put an item in a recycling bin, make sure it is empty – food & liquid contaminate recycling and should never go in the recycling bin.

Yes – Recycle These Items

  • Paper from printers & copiers
  • Notebook paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Paper bags
  • Cereal boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Plastic beverage bottles
  • Metal beverage cans
  • Metal food cans (soup, sauces, etc.)
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Plastic containers with the #s 1, 2, or 5 printed on the bottom. This may include jugs for milk, juice, or detergent; tubs for yogurt, margarine, and other spreads.

No – Put These in the Trash

  • Face masks
  • Rubber gloves
  • Food
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Plastic utensils
  • Foam packaging
  • Fabric
  • Plastic containers with no number printed on them, and those with numbers 3, 4, 6, or 7 printed on them.
  • Compostable items

Avoid Contamination

single stream recycling bin


Recycling contamination occurs when any non-recyclable material is put into the recycling bin.

  • Foods and liquids can ruin the quality of recyclables, making them unrecyclable, and sending them to the landfill as trash.
  • Items such as plastic bags get tangled in sorting machinery and can cause major damage.

Did you know?

Just one bag of contaminated recycling can send an entire truck load to the landfill!

It’s on us to make sure that we’re recycling correctly.