Minimize your daily consumption of the Earth’s natural resources by reducing, reusing, and recycling regularly.

Philadelphia University’s Recycling Program is here to help you employ the sustainable practices that are imperative to the environment and the future of the planet.

Established in 1991, the University’s recycling program utilizes universally accepted containers, which are located throughout campus in academic buildings, dining facilities, offices, residence halls and other areas. Each container is labeled with the type of recyclable that is to be deposited in it.

Paper-based recyclables, including carbonless forms; cardboard; computer, copier and office paper; envelopes; magazines; mail; and newspapers may be placed in containers marked for those items and lined with clear bags.

Co-mingled aluminum, clear and colored glass, plastic #1 and #2, steel and tin beverage or liquid containers should also be placed in containers marked for those items that are lined with clear bags.

Cardboard boxes and corrugated cardboard can flatten and also be thrown away in blue dumpsters.

Garbage or anything contaminated by food, such as a pizza box, is to be discarded in trash cans with dark bags or in green dumpsters.

To avoid contamination of recyclable containers on campus, refrain from depositing aluminum foil; plastic wrap; plastic shopping bags; plastic containers numbered 3 through 7, such as yogurt containers; Styrofoam, paper or plastic cups; paper plates; thermal FAX paper; carbon paper; food packages, such as candy wrappers and pizza boxes; packing material; Red Bag waste; or food waste.

After collection, recyclables are sorted and properly reprocessed by the University’s contracted solid-waste removal company, J.P. Mascaro & Sons.

Philadelphia University recycles all its leaf and yard waste. This is done at a staging area on Ravenhill Campus. The materials collected are separated into containers and taken to an off-campus processing facility where they are converted into Class A compost (Landscapers Advantage).

Cooking oil is collected at each dining facility on campus for off-site purification and reprocessing.

In an effort to minimize landfill space, the University compacts the bulk of its regular garbage using special trash compactors that are operated by trained University personnel.

To become a member of Philadelphia University's Sustainability Committee, email



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