Recycling

The University of Pittsburgh began recycling in 1990 and our current goal is to reduce landfill waste 25% from 2017 levels by 2030.  In the meantime, Pitt has continued to divert materials from the landfill at a rate of ~35% recyclables and 170+ tons of compostables per year (and growing).  While the University does not have a zero waste goal in place, many individuals and entities are adopting a zero waste mindset.  Containers for all single stream recyclable items should be clearly labeled and/or blue.  Recycling bins are generally located in offices, workstations, common areas, hallways, lobbies, and similar locations.  While some buildings do have three unit “Recycling Centers” with openings for trash, paper, and bottles and cans, the University's recycling is single stream, so all items including paper, cardboard, metals, and plastic beverage containers are accepted.  More information on the University's comprehensive materials diversion program (including recycling) and a complete list of recyclable and non-recyclable materials is available at Sustainable.Pitt.edu/ZeroWaste.