Operations and Initiatives


UWRF has an active recycling program.

Recycled items include:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Tires
  • Oil and oil filters 
  • Used computer components
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Food grease is converted to biodiesel
  • Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • Yard clippings are brought to the University Farm for composting
  • Wood materials are brought to the City of River Falls for chipping


National Recyclemania Competition Participation: Previous Competition Results

Battery Recycling

All types of batteries are recyclable on campus following the below instructions. Batteries cannot go in the normal recycling contains on campus. This is a specialty program that UWRF is participating in.

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, etc. Certain dry cell 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.