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It is a goal of UMBC to minimize the waste that is produced by the campus community. Keeping waste out of the landfills decreases greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with resource extraction, manufacturing, landfill disposal and incineration and saves the university money. Working with student groups, university departments, and contractors, Facilities Management coordinates a comprehensive, campus-wide recycling program.

Currently glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum are collected separately and recycled. A full List of Supported Recyclables can be found by clicking here. Containers marked for Recycling are found in outdoor areas, near building entries, in hallways, individual academic departments, and resident's hall lounge areas and apartment stairwells. Facilities Management staff places and maintains the Recycling containers on campus. If you spot an Recycling container that needs to be emptied, please report it to FM at 410-455 -2550.

Paper recycling for academic departments is available through the “WOW” box program by contacting Central Receiving at 410-455-2317. Paper recycling is available in specially designated containers in public areas such as lobbies, residential halls and other spaces. Cardboard recycling dumpsters are available behind Dining Hall, Patapsco Hall, Library, Terrace apartments, ITE, and the RAC. Contact Work Control at 410-455-2550 for more information about containers or recycle pickup.

Desk-side recycling will continue on a voluntary basis, with the desk occupant continuing to be responsible for emptying his/her desk-side recycling bin into one of the conveniently located Recycling containers.

ecyclingAdditionally, the campus is promoting these other recycling initiatives:

  • e-CYCLE, aprogram for recycling electronics and other machines, including batteries.
  • The donation of used office/classroom furniture and athletic equipment to charitable organizations.
  • The purchase of recycled paper products and cleaning products that are Green Seal certified.

Reusable items should not be put into the dumpsters. Student Workforce will relocate unwanted or reusable furniture, electronics and other large items that can be re-purposed. Surplus furniture, electronics, building supplies and other materials are reused, recycled, or donated to charity.

In addition, UMBC participates in the annual Recyclemania program. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. With each week's reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results fluctuate against other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce and recycle more.

UMBC Recyclemania is supported by UMBC ReSET, the Retriever Sustainability Events Team, a partnership between Student Affairs and Facilities Management. For more information about ReSET or to join in this partnership venture, contact Donna Anderson at ext. 5-2283, Derrick Johnson at ext. 5-1714 or email

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