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Recycling FAQs

Accessibility is one of the most common reasons people give for why they do not recycle. For this reason, Lake Forest College strives to make recycling easy and accessible everywhere on campus. There are recycling dumpsters near every building and blue recycling bins in every dorm room and in various locations inside every building on campus. However, accessibility is only half of the battle; knowing how and what to recycle is just as important!

All recycling bins on campus are commingled.

This means that paper, plastic, metal, and glass can all be recycled together in the same bin instead of being placed into separate bins for each different kin of recyclable material. While commingled recycling makes recycling simpler by eliminating the need to sort your own recyclables, there are still some dos and don’ts that should be understood.

What is recyclable on campus?


  • Newspapers, Magazines, and Catalogs
  • Office Paper (staples and envelopes with windows included)
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Hot Beverage Containers


  • Soda and Beer Cans
  • Food trays


  • All clear or colored bottles


  • Any container labeled Plastic #1-7 (all plastic food containers sold on campus by Aramark are recyclable)

 For more examples of what can be recycled click here.

Some items are recyclable, but cannot be recycled in the commingled recycling bins.

Plastic Bottle Caps
Plastic bottle caps can be taken to Ravine Lodge (located on Middle Campus behind North Hall) where the Environmental Studies Department will collect them and bring them to the correct location to be specially recycled. 

Batteries can be recycled in Ravine Lodge in the blue tubes labeled “Battery Recycling Container.”

Plastic Shopping Bags
Plastic shopping bags can be taken to Ravine Lodge where the Environmental Studies Department will collect them and bring them to the correct location to be specially recycled.

For more information on what needs to be recycled by an outside source click here.

Please be careful not to contaminate our bins!

Contamination of recycling bins leads to rejection from our provider of the materials. This means that we then have to pay to have it specially removed by our trash provider and the materials will all end up in a landfill instead of being recycled.

Items that will contaminate our bins include:
* Any food product (i.e. left over pizza, unrinsed Naked juice bottles, etc) generally anything over 5% food residue will cause the entire container’s rejection
* Steel (shaving cream cans, etc.)
* Bubble wrap
* Styrofoam (even the stuff that comes in the recyclable boxes)
* Plastic bottle caps
* Anything that is not glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, tin or aluminum

For more information on what NOT to recycle click here.