• Westminster sends over 750,000 pounds of garbage to the landfill every year
  • About 50% of items thrown away as trash could be recycled instead
  • In their lifetime, an average American will throw away 600 times their own body weight, which results in approximately 90,000 pounds of trash

Better recycling by students, faculty, and staff will dramatically reduce the amount we send to the landfill.


  • Choose reusable dishes and silverware in Shaw
  • Buy products with minimal packaging


  • Paper printed on only one side as scrap paper (pick up a scrap pad in Walker I)
  • Old clothing as cleaning cloths instead of buying paper towels


  • All plastics, paper, and aluminum in blue bins on campus
  • Glass at Shaw

Remember, recycling is the last step in reduce, reuse, recycle. Find ways to reduce and reuse before you recycle.

Request a Recycling Bin

Do your part to reduce our waste.

Request a Small Recycling Bin

Small recycling bins are available for residence hall rooms and offices on campus. It is your responsibility to empty these bins into one of the larger collection bins in your building. Individual bins will not be collected by Westminster custodial services. Residence hall bins should be left in your room at the end of the year. Faculty and staff may keep their bins as long as needed.

What Can I Recycle on Campus?

Recycling on campus is co-mingled, meaning everything goes into one bin—no need to sort!

Yes, these items can go in campus recycling bins No, these items cannot go in campus recycling bins
  • Plastics #1–7
  • Aluminum foil & cans
  • Cardboard
  • Cereal and pizza boxes
  • Office paper
  • Steel cans
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Paperboard
  • Magazines
  • Paper towel tubes
  • Plastic coated cartons
  • Junk mail
  • Newspaper
  • Phone books
  • Shoe boxes
  • Coffee sleeves and lids
  • Food and food wrappers
  • Paper towels, napkins, or tissues
  • Used paper plates
  • Coffee and soda to-go cups
  • Clothes
  • Glass
  • Yard waste
  • Candy wrappers
  • Foil-lined boxes
  • Wax paper
  • Batteries and Electronics
  • Hazardous materials

Glass can be recycled at the South entrance of Shaw. Batteries and cell phones can be recycled at the recycling center the north entrance of Shaw.

Larger electronic recycling collection is on Earth Day, April 22nd.

Campus Recycling Locations

Westminster College provides recycling collection bins in every building on campus.

  • Downstairs kitchen
  • Main floor kitchen/break room

  • Main floor by west doors
  • Main floor, Accounting Office (room #103)
  • 2nd floor, Financial Aid Office
  • 2nd floor hallway by copier

  • Outside of Photography Lab
  • Outside Semimar Room
  • Environmental Center

  • 1st floor hallway waste receptacle closet
  • 2nd floor hallway waste receptacle closet
  • 3rd floor hallway waste receptacle closet

  • 1st floor/Start Center by copy room
  • 1st floor kitchen/common area
  • 2nd floor kitchen/common area
  • 3rd floor south hallway by kitchen

  • Main floor by damp room

  • Basement level west exit doors
  • 1st floor by drinking fountain
  • 2nd floor by elevator
  • 2nd floor admissions office by printer
  • 3rd floor outside room 311

  • 1st floor hallway by room #109

  • 1st floor across from elevator
  • 2nd floor faculty work room
  • 3rd floor hallway by conference room
  • 4th floor hallway by printer

  • Basement computer lab
  • 1st floor reception desk
  • 1st floor work room #103
  • 1st floor librarian suite room #107
  • 1st floor copy center room #109
  • 1st floor technical services room #111
  • 2nd floor outside of board room

  • Basement hallway by bathrooms and drinking fountains
  • Basement across from Testing Center
  • 1st floor north side of west entrance
  • 1st floor south side of west entrance
  • 1st floor Student Networking Lounge room #132
  • 1st floor central hallway by room #122 (North Entrance)
  • 2nd floor south hallway by drinking fountains (east side)
  • 2nd floor across from room #219
  • 2nd floor across from elevator

  • 1st floor kitchen area
  • 2nd floor lobby
  • 3rd floor lobby

  • Basement level by climbing wall/drinking fountain
  • Basement in Behnken Field House (4 locations)
  • Main floor lobby
  • Main floor workroom #208
  • 3rd floor Nursing workroom #304B
  • 3rd floor Nursing student break lounge #322
  • 3rd floor Nursing faculty break lounge #333
  • 3rd floor Nursing faculty workroom #334
  • 3rd floor Nursing Learning Laboratories

  • 1st floor by box office counter
  • 1st floor by Music/Theater offices
  • Inside Music/Theater offices
  • Basement outside of Student Theater

  • 1st floor student lounge
  • 1st floor hallway by north doors
  • 1st floor copy/work room
  • 2nd floor hallway by drinking fountain
  • 2nd floor hallway by south doors
  • 2nd floor copy/work room

  • Outside main west entrance to the building
  • 1st floor inside by west entrance
  • 1st floor by physics room 150
  • 2nd floor student study area/ lounge
  • 2nd floor by east entrance doors
  • 3rd floor student study area/ lounge
  • 3rd floor by biology prep room 341
  • 4th floor student study area/ lounge
  • 4th floor by biology research room 460
  • 4th floor by chemistry prep room 442

  • Basement common area
  • Main lobby behind printer

  • 1st floor Hallway waste receptacle closet
  • 2nd floor Hallway waste receptacle closet
  • 3rd floor Hallway waste receptacle closet

  • Basement by Men's Locker Room

  • Basement by Men's Locker Room

  • North entrance by concierge desk
  • North side behind concierge desk wall
  • South entrance across from bookstore
  • Basement level by Student Health Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Glass recycling at south entrance

  • 1st floor recycling closet
  • 2nd floor recycling closet
  • 3rd floor recycling closet
  • Basement level recycling closet
  • Basement level foyer by Campus Patrol office

  • Lobby area