• WSU utilizes a co-mingled recycling program wherein all acceptable recycling materials can be disposed of into one recycling container.
  • Containers are easily identifiable with "Waste" on left, "Recycling" on right.
  • Cardboard is baled and transported to Rumpke Recycling for cash revenue.
  • WSU recycling ratio is currently 34%.
  • WSU is ranked 86th out of 256 Colleges and Universities nationwide in Reyclemania 2014.

Additional Services

  • Office Clean Out-Call x4444 to request a "Recycling Tote".
  • Confidential Material - Call x4444 to request a "Confidential Tote".
    • Confidential Totes will remain locked at all times.
    • Confidential Totes are to be used for Confidential Materials Only.
    • Confidential Materials will remain in locked tote in a secure location until shredded on site by the WSU contracted vendor.
    • Shredding occurs 1-2 times monthly depending on need.
  • Special Event-Call x4444 to request a "Recycling Container" Office Challenge: Help WSU increase our recycling efforts

Office Challenge

Help WSU increase our recycling efforts.

  • Convert all office waste into recycling.
  • Use desk waste can for recycling.
  • Designate one office suite container for waste.
  • Remove desk can liner (everything but food should be recycled).
  • Set the example and spread the word to recycle.


Acceptable Items

Acceptable Recycling Items

The following can be combined:

  • Office paper (notebook and copy paper)
  • Magazines
  • Paperboard (cereal and gift boxes)
  • Telephone message slips/post-its
  • Colored paper and envelopes
  • Newspaper/magazines/catalogs
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Paper ream wrappers/shredded paper
  • Manila and white envelopes
  • File folders/cardboard
  • Aluminum cans/steel soup cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic Bottles # 1–7 (milk jugs, soda, water, detergent, shampoo)
  • Copier cartridges (placed in special bin)

Unacceptable Recycling Items

  • Plastic overheads/metals
  • Food and packaging/plastic bowls
  • Binders/plastics/lids
  • Pizza boxes
  • Yogurt containers
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Salad containers/plastic cutlery
  • Napkins/tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Styrofoam/wax paper

The following items are recycled through Environmental Health and Safety:

  • Computers
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs

The following items are recycled through Grounds:

  • Metals
  • Wood

Items accepted by ESPM:

  • Office furniture
  • Office supplies
  • Working electronics

Have questions regarding acceptable items?
Contact Gina Reese, custodial service manager at (937) 775-4132.


  • What if my department has something to be disposed of that is not on the list of recyclable materials, but we don’t want to put it in the waste stream?

    Contact ESPM to see if it could be sold. If it cannot be sold through ESPM, call Physical Plant at (937) 775-4444. Someone will contact your department to set up a time to evaluate the material.

  • What is the procedure for recycling confidential material?

    Confidential files are of great concern to Wright State University. Materials must be handled in accordance with federal and state privacy regulations. Therefore, Physical Plant provides locked confidential containers strictly for this purpose. Once filled, locked containers will be picked up from your area and transported to a secured area on campus for shredding.

    To request a confidential tote, contact the Customer Service Center at (937) 775-4444.

  • What is the procedure for office clean-outs?

    If your office is planning a clean-out, or you need to empty your file cabinets, request a recycling tote for old papers, books, files, etc. As these containers become extremely heavy, we ask that you only fill them ¾ full. To request a recycling tote, contact Customer Service at (937) 775-4444.

  • Whom should I contact if I have material to be picked up, or if I need more containers?

    If the recycling bins in your area are full, you have something too large to fit into a recycling station bin, or for more recycling containers, call Physical Plant at (937) 775-4444.

  • Do I have to separate different types of paper, plastic, and glass materials?

    All approved recyclable materials may be combined in the recycling bins. These materials can be co-mingled in these bins and are disposed of in the Wright State recycling compactor then picked up and source separated at the recycling plant by Rumpke.

  • Does Wright State University accept waste or recycled materials brought from home?

    The answer is "NO" due to the fact that WSU pays to have all waste and recycling removed from campus.



  • Outside campus has been equipped with 75 Waste/Recycling containers easily visible and accessible to pedestrians.
  • Waste/Recycling containers can be found in Common Hallways near vending areas.
  • Recycling Boxes can be found in office break room or file room areas.
  • As funding becomes available, additional recycling containers will be purchased for auditorium and classroom settings.

Recycle Mania

recycle mania tournament graphicRecycle Mania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data. Visit the Recycle Mania Tournament website to follow Wright State's ranking for 2014.

Recycling Standings

During the past seven years, Wright State has participated amongst colleges and universities nationally in the 10-week Recycle Mania competition. The competition measures all cardboard, paper, plastics, and aluminum recycled during this period. Our comingled recycling program has been in place since September 2010. WSU is now registered in the "Grand Champion" Division. We collected 65,413 lbs in 2007 and increased to 82,144 lbs in 2008 and remained at 82,102 lbs in 2009. In 2010 WSU competed against 267 colleges and universities nationwide, recycling 102,556 lbs of materials within this 10 week period placing 123rd nationwide. Wright State University improved their efforts again in 2011 placing 113 out of 288 colleges and universities by recycling 162,178 lbs of materials. In 2012 Wright State University recycled 171,949 lbs ranking 90 out of 266.

 chart of the wright state university increase in recycling for 2007-2012