Recycling and Waste Reduction

Waubonsee has a single stream recycling program. . . that means that all regular recyclables, including plastic, glass and paper, can be thrown in the same bin and will be sorted.

Thanks to the combined efforts of Campus Operations, Student Activities, Information Technology and the Center for Sustainability, recycling is now easier than ever!

Waubonsee has “Single Stream Recycling,” which means that all the recyclable items listed below may be placed in any recycling bin on campus:
  • Paper: computer paper (all colors), magazines, paperback books, newspapers
  • Plastic: containers #1-#7
  • Cardboard: corrugated, chipboard (i.e. cereal boxes). Please break down large boxes and place in or under recycling container.
  • Aluminum: cans, containers
  • Steel/Tin: soup cans, etc.
  • Glass: clear, blue green jars and bottles

Plastic Shopping Bags: While plastic shopping bags are not accepted in the single stream recycling program, the Bookstore accepts and recycles plastic shopping bags. The Bookstore is located on the first floor of Dickson Center on the Sugar Grove Campus and on the first floor of the Aurora Downtown Campus.

Cell Phones: Unwanted cell phones (with chargers attached) can be recycled in the Student Activities Office (STC 126) throughout the year. The phones are then either recycled or refurbished for reuse. Any proceeds from the cell phone recycling program are given directly to a charity selected by the Student Activities Office.

Eyeglasses: Eyeglasses are accepted at various locations on campus and then donated to the Lions Recycle for Sight Program through the Lions Club. You can bring your unwanted eyeglasses (preferably in a case for protection) to one of these drop-off locations:

  • Student Activities Office (Student Center, 126)
  • Human Resources (Building A, 104)

Books: Can’t resell your used textbook? Don’t toss it! Used textbooks (within five years of publication) and fiction books are accepted each semester in the Student Activities Office (Student Center) during buy-back. The books are then recycled and reused by a third party vendor. Any proceeds from the book donations are given directly to a charity selected by the Student Activities Office.

Batteries: Alkaline battery recycling drop-off is available in Campus Operations and the Student Activities Office (Student Center, 126).  All other batteries may be dropped off at Campus Operations (no personal batteries, please).

Waste Reduction on Campus

There are many easy actions each of us can take on campus to reduce our environmental impact simply by creating less waste.  Help us reduce the amount of waste Waubonsee sends to the landfill by practicing these tips:

  • Refilling your own coffee/tea mug at the Waubonsee Café and Coffee Bar can significantly reduce the amount of disposable mugs sent to the landfill each year.
  • Kick the water bottle habit by bringing your own reusable water bottle to campus. Campus water fountains contain safe, healthy water for you to refill at no cost!  Think of all the money you’ll save.
  • If you drink fountain soda, you can use that same water bottle or a reusable cup instead of a disposable paper cup.
  • Keep reusable grocery bags in your car and office so you can reduce your paper or plastic impact.
  • Print Double-Sided: Choose the “Eco-Print” options under your printer settings to print on both sides of the paper.
  • Power Point Slides: Did you know that you can choose to print multiple slides on one page by using the “Handouts” option under your printer settings? You can also choose to print specific pages which can reduce your paper usage even more!
  • Think Before You Print: Consider whether or not you really need to print agendas, e-mails or draft documents. Adding “think before you print” to the bottom of documents or e-mail messages can be a very helpful reminder.


  • Ask your teacher to accept assignments electronically or printed double-sided.


  • Use voicemail and email rather than snail mail to reduce the amount of paper you consume.
  • If you receive unwanted catalogs, call the company and ask to be removed from their mailing list.
  • Be sure to look for school supplies made from recycled materials.
  • With paper, strive for the highest possible post-consumer recycled content.
  • Look for items with minimal packaging.
  • Buy in bulk, where possible.