Recycling Home | Special Programs

Farmhouse, located on the corner of Carlisle Street and West Lincoln Avenue, composts all of their organic matter and encourages all students to do the same! June, 2011Gettysburg College has been home to successful recycling programs since the early 1980s. Since then, the College has won national and regional awards for its recycling program.  To increase the ease of recycling, Gettysburg College has recently switched to a single-stream recycling program. This system allows for increased convenience, as it is no longer necessary to sort between aluminum, paper, glass, and plastic recycling bins. Additionally, each student residence is equipped with trash cans and recycling bins for increased student accessibility.

Very simply, any paper, plastic, metal, or glass can be placed into the recycling bins around campus as single-stream recycling.

Items not included in single-stream recycling may be recycled in designated locations across campus:

  • Batteries: place in the collection box next to the mailroom in the CUB
  • Printer Cartridges: envelopes located at the mailroom in the CUB
  • Bubble wrap and packing peanuts: return to the mailroom in the CUB
  • Plastic Bags: Bin located in the CUB
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Tube-style and Compact Fluorescents (CFLs) can be brought to the Central Energy Plant for recycling
  • Car Batteries and Oil from Campus Vehicles: Central Energy Plant
  • Personal vehicle parts & oil: AutoZone
  • Computer Hardware: Information Technology in the West Building
  • Used Cell Phones: Information Technology in the West Building
  • Toner Cartridges: Information Technology, Academic Departments
  • Scrap Metal: West Building Lot
  • Biodegradable plant/food material: Farmhouse Compost Pile (Corner Cottage) or Painted Turtle Farm

Recycling bins are located inside and outside all over campus. June, 2011
A more detailed list of single-stream recyclable items include:

  • Newspapers (including all inserts)
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Junk mail
  • Cardboard and paperboard boxes (including cereal boxes without liners and pizza boxes);
  • Corrugate boxes
  • Computer printouts
  • Books (including paperbacks, textbooks, and hardbacks)
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Office paper (including typing, fax, copy, letterhead, NCR) and envelopes
  • Brown paper bags
  • Glass containers such as jars and bottles
  • Ferrous and bimetal food and beverage containers
  • Non-metallic wrapping paper
  • Aluminum food and beverage containers
  • Aluminum foil and aluminum pie pans
  • Narrow-neck plastic containers (other than for motor oil) that carry plastic resin identification codes #1-7.
  • Wide-mouth containers such as peanut butter, margarine/butter tubs, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, whipped topping, and prescription bottles (Lids and caps do not need to be removed)
  • Rigid plastics (Plastic milk/soda crates, plastic buckets with metal handles, plastic laundry baskets, plastic lawn furniture, plastic totes, plastic drums, plastic coolers, plastic flower pots, plastic drinking cups, plastic water bottles, plastic pallets, and empty plastic garbage/recycling bins)
  • Bagged plastic film (For example: grocery bags contained within one bag, or stretch-film and/or shrink wrap contained within one bag)
  • Aseptic/gable-top milk and juice cartons

For more information on both single-stream recycling and special recycling please visit the Recycling Programming Page.