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What We Recycle Guide

UT Recycling accepts a wide range of materials at deposits in buildings on campus and at our 24/7 Public Recycling Drop-Off.

The first dropdown menu lists what we take at buildings on campus.

At the Public Recycling Drop-Off, we can accept any materials that we take on campus PLUS additional materials including glass, scrap metal, and plastic film and bags.

See the second dropdown menu for more detailed information. This cheat sheet also gives detailed instructions and tips on how to best use our 24/7 Public Recycling Drop-Off.

UT Recycling's Recycling Cheat Sheet

On Campus

If you are recycling cans at the Public Recycling Drop-Off, see the “Cans” tab in the second dropdown menu to sort cans properly.

*Only accepted in designated bins at the Public Recycling Drop-Off.

You can place pallets on loading docks or near the trash dumpster outside most campus buildings.

Battery recycling is available at the front desk of most residence halls on campus. Ask an office assistant where the battery deposit is available near you. Find out more at our E-Waste, Battery, and Cartridge Recycling page.


  • Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Sealed Lead Acid Batteries
  • Cellphone Batteries
  • Computer Batteries
  • Single-Use Batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Car Batteries
  • Button Batteries


All University-owned electronics MUST be sent to UT Surplus Properties.


  • Electronic Items
  • Cell Phones
  • Printers
  • Chargers
  • CDs & Cords
  • Video Games
  • Laptops
  • Computers
  • TVs*

*We accept all university-owned TVs. However, we ONLY take flat-screen TVs without any cracks from the public.


  • Cracked TVs
  • Non-Flat Screen TVs
  • Batteries (place in designated bin)
  • Refrigerators
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Lightbulbs*

*Contact your building’s maintenance person for collection.

* For more detailed information on recycling these items, see our E-Waste, Battery, and Cartridge Recycling page. 

24/7 Public Recycling Drop-Off

*All the materials listed in the “On Campus” list are accepted at the drop-off plus these additional materials*


In the bin labeled “Cans”

  • Aluminum Beverage Cans (soda, beer cans)
  • Steel Cans (“tin cans,” soup cans, vegetable cans, tuna cans, etc.)
  • Aluminum Pet Food Cans


  • Aerosol Cans/Spray Cans
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Aluminum Trays

There are separate bins for clear, green, and brown glass. When in doubt, place glass in the “Green Glass” bin.