Our Mission:

We provide the University community a means of diverting recyclables from the waste stream while promoting the benefits of recycling.

· Campus recycling in all buildings.

· Provide confidential shredding in house for all departments.

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Contact Information

Office Hours:

               Monday – Friday
               8:00am – 5:00pm
          Office Number:
          Fax Number:
          Physical Address:
               1115 14th Street
               Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
          Mailing Address:
               BOX 870238
               Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

What We Do:

What We Recycle

We recycle the following materials from our Campus Community:

          -Aluminum Cans
          -Cell Phone Recycling
          -Composting (from Dining Halls)
          -Computers, Monitors, Printers, Scanners, Keyboards, and Mouse Devices (Departments should
           contact Property and Inventory Management at 205-348-7801)
          -Grease (from Dining Halls)
          -Light Bulbs (Environmental Health and Safety)
          -Motor Oil and Car Batteries (UA Garage)
               -Colored Paper
               -Computer Paper
               -Copier Paper
                -Index Cards
               -NCR Paper
               -Notebook Paper
               -Magazines Shredded Paper
          -Plastic (#1 &#2 only)
          -Scrap Metal (all types)
          -Toner Cartridges (Picked up from departments by Campus Mail)

To recycle glass, sort glass in the correct containers at the University’s only glass bin, located behind the University’s recycling warehouse.

What We Do Not Recycle

          -Aluminum Foil
          -Aluminum Pans
          -Food Wrappers
          -Plastic #3-#8 and any unnumbered plastic

How We Recycle

Recycling starts at the desks of faculty and staff members by providing desk side boxes which provide convenient locations to store recyclables until full. Participants can then empty recyclables into a blue recycling container in centrally located areas which are then emptied by the custodial staff and taken to our recycling specialist to retrieve. We do ask that all recyclables remain separate in the blue bags by the type of items they are. Please contact Recycling or your custodial representative for cardboard pick-ups.

Batteries, Bulbs, and Motor Oil

Due to regulatory issues, the Office of Environmental Heath and Safety (EHS) manages some of the recycling efforts on campus. This includes fluorescent bulbs, certain types of batteries, and used motor oil.

All of these recycling efforts are monitored by state and federal environmental agencies and EHS maintains extensive documentation associated with this program.

Cell Phone Recycling

Bring your used cell phones to be recycled properly to the container that is located in the Ferguson Center and the entrance of the Supe Store.


Bama Dining, UA Grounds, New College, and the UA Arboretum all collaborate on a composting program that utilizes brown and green waste to make nutrient-rich soil compost.

Leaves (brown waste) collected across UA’s campus are sent to the Arboretum instead of a land fill.

Bama Dining provides pre-consumer waste (green waste) in for form of vegetable stems, peels, and rinds.

The Arboretum is tasked with turning the waste into rich soil.

Fryer Oil

Bama Dining recycles fryer oil from every location across campus to ensure that the waste is managed in an environmentally sound way. Over 1,000 gallons of used fryer oil is collected from UA kitchens for recycling every month during regular semester months. A local company collects the oil and transports is to a facility where is is processed and refined into a reusable product.

Scrap Metal

Property and Inventory Management inspects all worn-out or obsolete property to determine the method of disposal. Please contact Property and Inventory Management with questions concerning disposal at 205-348-7501.


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