Waste Minimization


UWRF utilizes a mixed recycling approach where all acceptable materials are combined into one recycling bin. Acceptable materials include paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers #s1 – 7, glass bottles and jars, metal cans, etc.

Specialty Recycling Programs

Battery Recycling

All types of batteries are recyclable on campus following the instructions. Batteries cannot go in the normal recycling containers on campus. This is a specialty program in which UWRF participates.

Lead-Acid Batteries

Please turn in all lead-acid batteries to a member of the custodial staff or email to coordinate a pickup.

Dry Cell Batteries

  • Dry cell batteries include alkaline, nickel, nickel-cadmium, lithium, lithium-ion, zinc air, ets. Certain drycell batteries require that their terminals be covered with a piece of tape before being added to the collection containers. Please review Instructions for Recycled Battery Taping before recycling your batteries.
  • There is a publicly accessible battery collection tube in the University Center Involvement Center just around the corner from the Information Desk. There is also a little bucket in each mailroom in the academic buildings for faculty and staff.

Please contact with any questions regarding the battery collection and recycling process.

View our resources here.

Plastic Film Recycling

UWRF has a program for recycling plastic film and bags. Please note that this material cannot go in the normal recycling bins located on campus. There are four drop off locations where this material can be placed:

  • University Center
  • Room 32 North Hall
  • CSH 1st Floor Hallway
  • Ag Science 1st Floor Hallway near room 99

Accepted material includes grocery bags, bread bags, bubble wrap, case overwrap, cereal bags, Ziploc bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, plastic shipping envelopes, produce bags, wood pellet bags, and salt bags. All material must be clean and dry.

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