Basic Guide to Recycling at Gustavus

September 4, 2017, announcement of new single sort system

Last updated:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:13 PM



Recycle or Commingling


Food waste


Compostable containers and serving ware

Gustieware containers and lids


Washable serving ware from Dining Service

  • Dishes
  • Cups
  • Glasses
  • Silverware


  • Office paper
  • Junk mail
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bags



  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum foil


Glass and plastic

  • Bottles
  • Containers

Anything not mentioned in the other columns


Broken glass


Cardboard and paper with food residue


Packaging with mixed materials (e.g cardboard/foil juice cartons)


Plastic bags and film


Styrofoam in any form


Waste food

This recycling guide in PDF format

Additional notes:

  • Emptying food (into the trash) and liquids (down the drain) from containers before putting them in the recycling or trash containers will really help.  If you are in the Campus Center, you can put food waste in the containers marked “Composting”.  Thank you!
  • Small cardboard containers (e.g. cereal boxes) can go in the Recycling/Commingling container.
  • Corrugated cardboard can be left beside the recycling containers or taken to the recycling collection area in your building.  You can help by flattening cardboard boxes.
  • You can still take Gustieware, dishes, cups, glasses and silverware back to the Dining Service dish room carousel yourself.