Recycling on Campus

What can be recycled:

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.


Any non-confidential paper of any color, magazines, etc.


Cups, bottles, containers (please empty food and rinse if possible)

Cardboard and Paperboard

Flatten cardboard


Please empty food and liquid and rinse if possible


Excluding library books, recycle any paperback or hard cover books (with the covers torn off and thrown away).

E-waste and Batteries

Look for special e-waste bins for earbuds, cords, CDs, batteries, and other small electronic waste. These can be found in front of Gentry, in the Library, and in the Setzer Center.

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 without a return label Drop off at Best Buy or Office Depot or mail them off for recycling.

ABS and PLA plastics for 3-D printers

Many of the 3-D printers on campus have bins for recycling ABS and PLA plastics. 

Dr. Zhu's (Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering) lab, has built a filament extruder that will allow us to melt and rebuild filaments from this plastic waste.

Plastic Bags

Please use reusable bags whenever possible. If you do have plastic bags, you can recycle them at many stores in the community: Market Basket, Kroger, Kohls, Target, etc.


Glass is not recycled on campus, however, you can take your glass to Target for recycling.

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
  • Styrofoam or packing foam
  • Plastic bags, plastic wrap, or film

Please help educate your friends. Everyone wants to help, but not everyone knows what is acceptable.

Thank you for recycling!