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Recycling at Northwest

Northwest proudly supports community recycling efforts. We invite the public to participate by recycling plastic containers, aluminum cans, mixed paper, cardboard and glass at the Recycling Center. 

Northwest Recycling Center hours

  • Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Confidential shredding is accepted every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (no appointment necessary)

Staff will be on hand to assist residents as they drive through the facility and discard recyclable materials.

The drop-off hours and process are aimed at helping Northwest improve its recycling operations while reducing landfill costs resulting from non-recyclable materials being discarded in outside bins.

Located in the 1100 block of North Country Club Drive (Icon Road).


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on campus recycling

There are more than 150 recycling stations at Northwest. They may be found in every academic building on campus.  Paper and cardboard recycling dumpsters are located throughout campus.  Mixed recycling dumpsters are located outside all residence halls.  Most campus offices are equipped with bins for collecting recyclables.   

  • Each office is responsible for bringing its paper to the new blue recycling trash container located in the buildings. (coming soon)
  • The blue dumpsters located outside by the trash dumpsters are for corrugated cardboard only. (white/brown)
  • Recycle stations throughout the buildings will continue to recycle paper, glass, tin, plastic. 
         Recycling bins 
  • Confidential items need to be taken to the Recycling Center on Thursdays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to be shredded.


What Can I Recycle?

recycling options and hours

Cardboard (Breakdown large boxes)

  • Clean corrugated white and brown boxes
  • Pizza boxes

Mixed Paper (Remove and discard metal binding from spiral notebooks)

  • Clean white paper
  • Mixed cardboard and paper
    • Junk mail
    • Magazines and catalogs
    • Newspaper
    • Paper egg cartons
    • Paper bags
    • Not corrugated boxes such as cereal and food boxes

Plastics: Several plastics are accepted. Accepted plastics are sorted into three categories. Check the plastic type and sort accordingly. Empty and remove lids. 

  • #1 Plastic (PET or PETE)
    • Most common use: plastic drink containers, many food containers 
  • #2 Plastic (HDPE)
    • Most common use: milk jugs
  • #2 Colored Plastic (HDPE)
    • Most common use: Soap and cleaner bottles, detergent bottles
  • Not accepted at this time: Plastics classified as #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 or other

Glass: Bottles and jars only. Rinse containers and remove and discard lids. 

Aluminum and Tin

  • Aluminum cans
  • Clean aluminum pans
  • Tin cans

Confidential Shredding: Thursdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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