The College at Brockport Recycles


Thanks to all our efforts as members of the College community; The College at Brockport has a very successful recycling program.

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We continue to show improved percentages of our recycling efforts here at The College at Brockport.

Below is a historical summation of our yearly recycling efforts of office and residential wastes.

FY Tons Recycled % of Waste Recycled*
'90/'91 64.9 12.98
'91/'92 83.3 16.65
'92/'93** 135.4 27.07
'93/'94 141.0 28.02
'94/'95*** 163.7 30.04
'95/'96 172.3 32.74
'96/'97**** 248.3 49.66
'97/'98 186.4 37.28
'98/'99 278.6 55.60
'99/'00***** 298.1 59.60
'00/'01 296.4 59.20
'01/'02 182.8 36.56
'02/'03 196.2 39.24
'03/'04 226.4 45.28
'04/'05 204.7 40.94
'05/'06 207.8 41.56
06'/'07 251.8 50.00
'07/'08 * 286.2 38.70
'08/'09 275.2 37.19
'09/'10 223.8 32.00
'10/'11 256.3 36.61

* Based on the campus generating 500 tons/year of office waste in FY '89/'90

** Introduction of paper recycling into the residential life buildings

*** Introduction of metal, glass and plastic container recycling

**** Hartwell Hall moves generated a substantial increase in paper products being recycled

***** There does not appear to be a reduction in the amount of waste being disposed at landfills.

* A dumpster re-audit during '07/'08 shows that our baseline of waster increased from 500 tons to 740 tons. Thus a decrease in % of waste recycled.

As Members of the The College at Brockport Community We Need To

Recycle every material possible.

Reduce the amount of material that will become waste.

Reuse as many products or packages as possible.

Use products made of recycled products where possible.


A complete list of materials that must be recycled follows

Paper and paper products: Many types of paper and paper products can be recycled. All paper products can be mixed together in your blue recycling bin for recycling. Examples are: computer paper, newspaper, magazines, books, all envelopes, telephone directories, junk mail, office paper, non-soiled pizza boxes, notebook paper, and cardboard, both compressed and corrugated. You do not have to remove covers, paper clips or staples! Do not recycle: soiled paper or boxes, paper towels or Kleenex, carbon paper, paper plates or cups, candy wrappers, and wax or plastic coated paper.

Glass, metal and plastic containers: Any color glass beverage or food container, metal cans: both aluminum and steel food and beverage cans, and plastic containers that are imprinted with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 on the bottom of the container. You do not have to remove any labels but please rinse out the containers of any residue. Do not recycle: metal containers not used for food or beverages, light bulbs or tubes, laboratory glass, chinaware or ceramics, mirrors or window glass and motor oil containers.

How to participate in our recycling program

Academic buildings
Offices: Place all recyclable materials in your blue recycling bin. Containers should be dry to prevent contamination of paper products. If you anticipate a larger volume of materials to be recycled due to "spring cleaning," office relocation, etc., please contact x5201 to make arrangements to have some large tote bins delivered to your area.
Classrooms: Place paper in the blue recycling bin, containers in the green recycling bin, and trash in the beige waste bin.

Residential Life buildings
Put all paper products in your blue recycling bin and on each Wednesday morning place your blue recycling bin outside your corridor door. Put all containers in the designated receptacle in your appropriate trashroom.


Use double-sided printing and copying.

Use e-mail instead of paper mail.

Select College mailing lists carefully to avoid excessively wide distributions that can include large numbers of uninterested people. Send information that can be posted and/or circulated for general perusal.

Buy the largest size packages when practical to reduce packaging materials.

Remove your name from junk mailing lists by contacting the sender and requesting same.


Reuse the back of preused paper for scratch paper.

Reuse envelopes (especially those expensive specialized ones) and boxes by putting your own labels over the originator's.

Share magazine subscriptions.

Use washable dishware, mugs, glasses and utensils instead of disposable ones.

Use reusable inter-office envelopes for campus mail.


Using products made from recycled materials improves the markets for our recyclables.

Check the product labels to see if the product contains recycled materials.

Contact the College's Purchasing Department to assist you in identifying sources of recycled products.

Questions about recycling?

Call x5201 or x5394.


Last Updated 8/28/17

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