What Can Be Recycled?

For a list of recyclable electronics, click here.

Acceptable Materials Non-acceptable Materials
  • White paper
  • Colored paper
  • White paper with colored ink
  • Envelopes WITHOUT plastic windows or self adhesive labels
  • Yellow legal paper
  • Adding machine tape
  • Manila folders
  • NCR paper
  • Post-it notes
  • CPO/green bar/blue bar computer paper
NOTE: Staples are okay
  • Carbon paper
  • Tape
  • Newspaper or Magazines Materials
  • Plastic Windows in Envelopes
  • Stickers
  • Paper Towels
  • Rubber Bands
  • Wire or Plastic Notebook Binding

Acceptable Materials Non-acceptable Materials
  • Newspaper with glossy inserts
  • Kraft/Goldenrod Paper or Envelopes
  • Phonebooks/Booklets with newsprint
  • Magazines/Catalogues
  • Paper Bags
  • Chipboard/Paperboard
  • Glossy Magazines
  • Glossy Catalogs
NOTE: Newspaper is now BANNED from the landfill and MUST be recycled
  • String
  • Hardbound Books

Acceptable Materials Non-acceptable Materials
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Clean Pizza Boxes
NOTE: Corrugated Cardboard is now BANNED from the landfill and MUST be recycled
Corrugated = Holes in side
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic packing material

Acceptable Materials Non-acceptable Materials
  • All Colors of Glass
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Foil *Clean*
  • Food Cans *Clean*
  • Plastic Container (#1 thru #7)
NOTE: Glass, Plastic, Aluminum, and Tin are BANNED from the landfill and MUST be recycled
*Please remember to remove lids and rinse
  • Ceramics
  • Plate Glass/Mirrors
  • Light bulbs
  • Food


For more information, call Duke Recycles at 660-1448 or e-mail dukerecycles@duke.edu