Taking care of the environment is an important part of what we do in Facilities Management. Through Duke Recycles, Duke diverts more than 1,200 tons of traditional recyclables like magazines or aluminum from the Durham landfill every year, including many non-traditional recyclables, such as food compost, motor oil and tires. Recycling these items reduces our waste stream by an additional 5,000 tons.

Led by Morgan Bachman, coordinator for Recycling and Waste Reduction, Duke Recycles collects more than 1,500 bins that contain anything from paper to glass to packing peanuts. What can be recycled?

Recycling locations can be found outside many residence halls, in Central Campus laundry areas and in university common areas. Students also have a small bucket in their rooms to collect items to carry to the nearest drop-off location. If you cannot find a location or wish to add a location, please call (919) 660-1448.


Since 1989, Duke Recycles has offered numerous services to help create a more sustainable campus by emphasizing student and faculty and staff participation.

Education & Outreach

Duke Recycles offers programs to help educate the Duke community on sustainable efforts.