Recycle on Campus
Georgia Southern Recycling Program
What We Collect:
Plastic - Georgia Southern University recycles type 1 (PET) and type 2 (HDPE) plastic. Examples of type 1 (PET) plastic include: soft drink bottles, mouthwash bottles, detergent and cleaners. Examples of type 2 (HDPE) plastic include: milk and juice jugs, garbage bags, yogurt, cereal box liners, margarine tubs, shampoo bottles, bleach, and detergent. You can determine the type of recyclable plastic you have by looking on the bottom of the plastic for the recycling symbol with a number in the middle, signifying the plastic type.
Paper - Georgia Southern recycles all paper types, which include: office paper, colored paper, newspaper, magazines, brochures/flyers, catalogs and junk mail/envelopes/folders.
Cardboard - flatten all cardboard material before disposing of it, remove all material inside of the box, and place it behind the recycling bin. If the cardboard is small, please deposit it in the blue-colored bins. Please dispose of your cardboard if it is soiled or contains food residue (ex. pizza boxes). If you think you will have a large amount of cardboard, submit a work request and provide your location and collection.
Aluminum - if you have any used aluminum products, you can recycle them at any gray labeled bin located on campus. Aluminum and plastics are commingled utilizing the same bin. Last year, Georgia Southern recycled 7,000 pounds of aluminum.
Other Recyclables: batteries, cell phones, inkjet/laser jet cartridges, paint, light bulbs, scrap metal/metal furnishings, and motor oil. A work request must be submitted for these special items (with the exception of cell phones and ink cartridges) to be picked up by a staff member. Work Request can be submitted here.
How We Recycle:
Recycling bins: Georgia Southern University has over are six-hundred plus recycling bins located across campus, including outside recycling islands. These bins are checked daily by the Environmental Safety Services staff members. Our current bin system includes one (1) blue bin for all paper types and (1) gray bin are for plastics and aluminum. All cardboard must be flattened and placed behind recycling bins. Ink cartridges, batteries, or cell phones can be placed in a separate container next to a recycling bin for pickup.
Eagle Box: Those interested in participating in the University’s recycling program will be provided a cardboard box called an “Eagle Box” or a blue recycling waste bin, if available. This box is for conveniently collecting recycled material at the participant’s desk. Once your “Eagle Box” is full, empty it in the larger recycling containers located in hallways, offices, or break rooms for Eagle Box disposals.
Employees are expected to dump their own eagle boxes, while the Recycling Staff maintains the larger public bins. If you have empty ink cartridges or used cell phones, place them in a separate eagle box beside existing recycling containers.
Keep Bulloch Beautiful: Georgia Southern University partners with Keep Bulloch Beautiful (KBB) in its recycling efforts. Recyclable items not collected by the Georgia Southern Recycling program may be collected by KBB. The organization serves to educate the public of the ways to enrich their community by reducing waste. KBB has several drop-off locations located around Statesboro. For additional information on where to recycle your used electronics and other materials in Statesboro, contact Keep Bulloch Beautiful by phone: (912) 764-6147, or visit their website.
**Please note, GSU property (computers, electronic devices, furniture, etc.) cannot be recycled. Any items you wish to discard of must be processed through Property Control. Please contact Property Control at (912) 478-1560 for further information.**
Recycling Bin Standards:
The Georgia Southern University Recycling Program provides sixty gallon, blue and gray, Rubbermaid waste bins to collect recyclable items. If a department chooses not to utilize the University provided bins, departments may purchase their own recycling bins with departmental funds. However we ask that departments consult with the Sustainability Coordinator, Lissa Leege, prior to purchasing bins for guidance and recommendations.
Reports and Requests:
Please submit a work request for an eagle box delivery, recycling bin request for special events, additional recycle bins location request, or recyclable item pick-up.
If you would like to report any mismanagement or waste of energy on campus, please call Physical Plant at (912) 478-5270, or send in a work request.