LU Recycling

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What can be recycled:

Outside recycling bins

Lamar now has over 3,000 recycling bins on campus. All classrooms, offices, and dorm rooms have a recycling container. In addition, we have bins outside. Many of the outside bins are made from recycled milk jugs. If you'd like to see how many milk jugs it takes to make one recycling bin, look on the side of the bin. 

At Lamar, we recycle: 
paper, plastic, cardboard, cans, and books.

When you recycle, please do not contaminate the recycling by putting in non-recyclable products. For example, even though the paper you are throwing in is recyclable, if it is in a plastic binder, the binder itself may not be recyclable. We also do NOT recycle pizza boxes, styrofoam (i.e. cups, packing materials), or solo cups (#6 plastics). 

Paper: can be any non-confidential paper, any color, magazines, etc.
Plastic: items should have a little triangle with a number in it somewhere on the container. In our area we can recycle only #1 and #2.  (Not 3-7.) 
Cardboard, Dairy & Juice Containers, Paperboard: Flatten cardboard before placing it in the bin.
Cans: tin & aluminum cans are allowed.
Books: any paperbacks or hard cover books (with the covers torn off and thrown away) except library books.
Please help educate your friends. Everyone wants to help, but not everyone knows what is acceptable.

E-waste and Batteries

Look for special bins for earbuds, cords, CDs, batteries, and other small electronic waste. These can be found in the Plummer Building and the Speech and Hearing Building on Rolfe Christopher Drive.

Plastic Bags

Please use reusable bags whenever possible, but if you would like to recycle plastic bags, Market Basket has donated bins for plastic bags. They are located outside the post office and in the Plummer building.

Other Items?

If you want to recycle other items and don't know where to take them, either keep scrolling or check out

Thank you for recycling!

Thank you for recycling!


Paper, plastic, cardboard, cans, books, e-waste, and batteries


Glass, plastic, aluminum, plastic bags, mp3 players, cellphone, toner/ink cartridges

Best Buy

rechargeable batteries, gift cards, cds, dvds, cd/dvd cases, ink and toner cartridges, wires, cords, cables, remotes, controllers, plastic bags


fluorescent bulbs, rechargeable batteries, plastic bags

Office Depot

Ink cartridges

Waste Management

paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminum

Green Man Recycling

metals, computers (not monitors)

To find other recycling places visit:

Book recycling on campus — Library books cannot be recycled, however paperbacks and hard cover books (with the covers torn off and thrown away) can be recycled 

Plastic bags can be recycled on campus. In the tall green containers donated by Market Basket. These are located in the Post Office, The Setzer Center, and the Plummer building.

Toner cartridges:

HP— Please use the HP Planet Partner (ARS) label provided in the HP toner box.

Return cartridges in bundles of 2 or more. Attach the label and deliver the bundle to the campus mail center.  Send the Ground A.R.S. Tracking Number Receipt (portion remaining after label has been removed) and the number of cartridges recycled via campus mail to Lisa Jackson, 10020.

Dell—Use the label they include and return the cartridge for recycling.

Other Brands with return labels included—Use the label they include and return the cartridge for recycling.

Other brands—Drop off at Best Buy or Office Depot or mail them off for recycling.

SETRPC Household Hazardous Waste Program – If you live in Hardin, Jefferson, or Orange County, you can call to find out where to recycle items like aerosol cans, brake fluids, etc.  409.899.8444.

Please do NOT recycle:

  • Food waste
  • Chip bags or pizza boxes (unless you tear off  any parts with grease or food)
  • Liquids (please pour any liquids out of bottles before recycling)
  • Wax-coated boxes
  • Packing foam
  • Solo cups
  • Plastic bags (unless in the appropriate bins), plastic wrap, or film
  • Tape
  • Plastics 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 (check the bottom of a plastic container for a small triangle with a number inside)

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Lamar Employees Trading Surplus (LETS Share)

Thanks to Stacie Granger and Adria Lee, Lamar now has an online site for coordinating exchange of usable items such as desks, chairs, etc. The internal employee site is

Employees can post unneeded office supplies, furniture or small office equipment for other departments to claim. It's also a place to find usable, free items that they need for their offices.

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Lamar uses Shred-it bins to dispose of confidential information. That paper is securely recycled. In 2015, we saved over 1,100 trees by recycling confidential information.

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The program allows you to collect items for recycling and ship them to Terracycle, who will recycle and upcycle all the waste into cool new products.