Single Sort

NMU's recycling program started in 1992 and has reduced the amount of material sent to the landfill by nearly 380 tons per year.  Single sort is the most recent initiative under the recycling umbrella and represents part of the overall effort to create a more sustainable NMU.  The Single Sort program started in the Residence Halls in 2007 and has since been implemented campus wide.  Follow the guidelines below to learn which materials are acceptable for recycling.

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Acceptable Materials

  • aluminum cans
  • tin and steel cans - rinsed
  • glass jars and bottles
  • plastic milk jugs
  • plastic bottles
  • newspaper and newspaper inserts
  • magazines and catalogs
  • junk mail and envelopes
  • office and school papers - colored paper too
  • cardboard
  • boxboard - cereal, cake, and cracker boxes
  • brown paper bags - grocery type
  • phone books
Materials that are Not Acceptable
  • plastic bags
  • food waste, garbage or yard waste
  • food tainted items - used paper plates, paper towels or paper napkins
  • pizza boxes
  • egg cartons
  • ice cream cartons
  • paper/waxy milk cartons
  • aluminum foil
  • plastic cups and silverware
  • aerosol cans
  • plastics and other bottles - items like clear plastic strawberry containers
  • juice boxes/bags