Waste Diversion

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Reduce, reuse, and recycle are three important words for Prairie State College. As part of its commitment to sustainability, the college encourages all members of the campus community to prevent waste and recycle.

For an overview of waste diversion at PSC, please see the Waste Diversion at PSC brochure.

....The following materials can be placed in these bins:


Paper/Other Fibers
  • White/colored paper*
  • Glossy paper
  • Envelopes
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard*
  • Boxboard*
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Post-it notes
  • Paper bags
  • Telephone books
  • File folders
Plastic Containers
  • Water bottles
  • Pop bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Yogurt cups
  • Ketchup bottles
  • Margarine/butter tubs
  • Household cleaner bottles
  • Trays from frozen meals, as long as they
    are rinsed and clean
Tin and Aluminum Cans
  • Pop cans
  • Soup cans
Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Clear and colored glass bottles and jars


Paper/Other Fibers
  • Carbon paper
  • Self-stick labels
  • Gum/candy wrappers
  • Tissue paper
  • Waxed paper
  • Paper cups
  • Paper towels



Plastic Containers
  • Take-out containers
  • Styrofoam
  • Packing peanuts
  • CD/DVD covers, etc.
  • Film plastic such as plastic bags, Saran Wrap, etc.
  • Plastic silverware


Tin and Aluminum Cans
  • Aerosol cans
  • Foil
Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Flat glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Dinnerware
  • Ceramics
  • Pyrex

*Please Note: Staples are acceptable. Cardboard can be commingled with the rest of the recyclables or placed beside a recycling bin. Boxes should be broken down.

Confidential papers can be recycled in the paper shredder in the Mail Room and the Shark Shredding bins. The shredder is self-serve. Confidential documents such as tests, student records, and personnel information should be shredded.

Our janitorial team, ABC Janitorial, plays an integral role in helping PSC meet its waste reduction goals. To ensure that the materials get recycled, the janitorial staff uses a dual collection dolly in which trash is placed in one bag, and recycling in another.

Please take a minute to thank the janitorial team when you see them, and do your part as well to help PSC reduce waste!


Questions or suggestions about how to reduce waste at PSC? Contact the Sustainability Center at sustainability@prairiestate.edu.