Facilities Operations

A Department in Facilities



With a focus on sustainability, the OWRR's mission is to provide an integrated, cost-effective and environmentally sound waste management program for the entire UNCG community. Through departmental collaboration, program development and educational outreach, we aim to foster effective resource use on campus. In achieving this goal, the OWRR will:

  • ❖ Manage collection and disposal of all solid waste and recycling on campus
  • ❖ Provide educational and technical assistance to staff, faculty, and students
  • ❖ Partner with Facility Services staff to bring solid waste to outdoor collection containers
  • ❖ Collaborate with all campus entities to achieve long term solutions to challenges


  • ❖ Central contact for all solid waste collection programs
  • ❖ Maintain solid waste records
  • ❖ Empties outdoor trash/recycling walkway containers
  • ❖ Empties all parking deck trash/recycling containers
  • ❖ Services all dumpster areas on campus
  • ❖ Provides recycling containers and signage to campus buildings
  • ❖ Operate special event and seasonal solid waste collection programs
  • ❖ Develops educational and outreach programs designed to reduce waste and divert waste from landfill disposal
  • ❖ Collects and markets a variety of waste commodities (scrap metal, office paper, cardboard, cooking oil, electronics, hard cover books, toner cartridges, batteries and pallets)

How and What to Recycle

  • ❖ White and Pastel Colored Paper (No Neon!)
  • ❖ Envelopes
  • ❖ Letterheads
  • ❖ Copies/Print-outs
  • ❖ Stamps
  • ❖ Envelopes with Windows
  • ❖ Manila Envelopes
  • ❖ Post-it Notes

  • ❖ Glass Containers: all colors, including lids and tops
  • ❖ Aluminum: Soda cans only (no foil or take out containers)
  • ❖ Paper: Magazines, Newspaper, Paper-back books, empty paper cups
  • ❖ Plastics: #1-#7; bottles with caps on, yogurt containers, utensils, lids
  • ❖ Steel: Clean tin cans and empty aerosol cans
  • ❖ Cardboard: Broken-down boxes, pizza boxes
  • ❖ Chipboard: Cereal boxes, beverage container boxes

  • ❖ Batteries
  • ❖ Ink Toner Cartridges
  • ❖ CDs/Floppy Discs
  • ❖ Electronics
  • ❖ Cell Phones

  • ❖ Books: Paperback - Toss ’em in the commingled bin, Hardback - Call us for pickup
  • ❖ Rigid Plastics: The city of Greensboro now accepts several types of rigid plastics for recycling. Small items can be placed in commingled bins; call the OWRR for pickup of large items.

  • ❖ Styrofoam
  • ❖ Napkins and Paper Towels
  • ❖ Plastic Wrap and Bags: These can be taken to your nearest grocery store drop site for recycling.
  • ❖ Hardback Books: These cannot go in commingled, but we do accept them for reuse. We work with Better World Books to redistribute used hard-backed books; call us for a pickup or for more info.

Send alternative recycling items thru campus mail. For pick-ups call Ben Kunka at (336) 334-5192.

Alternative recycling bins can be found in your building’s CRL office.

Participate in Guilford County’s HHW Program or schedule a pickup by calling (336) 334-5192.

Recycling Bin Anatomy

Slim Jom Trach Cans
  • Features: Tall, thin, blue body (blue or green top); Commingled bins have green tops with 2 round holes, office paper bins have blue tops with diagonal slot.
  • Found At: Hugging the walls of your hallway, mailroom or classroom.
  • What to Toss In: Commingled, office paper.
  • Keep Out: Trash! Also, be sure not to put commingled in the office paper bins.

Desk-Side Office Trash Can
  • Features: Small, blue, compact.
  • Found At: In your office, mailroom or classroom. Fits under your desk.
  • What to Toss In: Office paper.
  • Keep Out: Trash, commingled recyclables.

  • Features: 95-gallon plastic roll-carts; Trash roll-carts are brown or black.
  • Found At: In academic buildings, you’ll find these hefty bins around back, close to the dumpsters. They are serviced by our 4-man crew on a regular basis.
  • What to Toss In: Trash (everything that's not recyclable.)
  • Keep Out: Recyclables. That includes the GAPPS, rigid plastics, alternative recycling, electronics, etc.

Recycling Roll-Cart
  • Features: 95-gallon plastic roll-carts; Recycling roll-carts are green.
  • Found At: In academic buildings, you’ll find these hefty bins around back, close to the dumpsters. They are serviced by our 4-man crew on a regular basis.
  • What to Toss In: Recyclables. Labeling will indicate whether bin is for commingled or office paper.
  • Keep Out: Trash.

A Blue Bag
  • Features: Sturdy blue bags made from recycled plastic. Machine washable (but don't put them in the dryer!)
  • Found At: All residence halls on campus. For students: At the beginning of the school year, you’ll receive one of these to keep in your dorm room. Toss your recyclables in—when your blue bag fills up, just empty it in the recycling dumpsters behind your dorm (or the rollcart at the end of the hall, if you live in the high rises).
  • What to Toss In: Commingled recyclables.
  • Keep Out: Trash.

Two Trash Dumpsters
  • Features: Big and brown.
  • Found At: Behind most residence halls and academic buildings.
  • What to Toss In: Trash (everything that's not recyclable.)
  • Keep Out: Recyclables. That includes the GAPPS, rigid plastics, alternative recycling, electronics, etc.

Two Trash Dumpsters
  • Features: Big and green.
  • Found At: Behind most residence halls and academic buildings.
  • What to Toss In: Commingled recyclables.
  • Keep Out: Trash (everything that's not recyclable.)

Victor Stanley Trash Can
  • Features: Our glamour bin. Sleek, sexy, sturdy — dark green iron containers. Always found in pairs—where there’s a trash bin, a recycling one will be nearby.
  • Found At: Pretty soon these will be the standard on campus — right now you can find them in pairs lining College Ave, Spring Garden St, and other locations on campus.
  • What to Toss In: Garbage in the TRASH containers, commingled recyclables in the RECYCLING containers.
  • Keep Out: Cigarette butts! Also, please take the time to note which bin is trash and which is recycling— reducing contamination saves our crew's time, and the University's money!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are pizza boxes recyclable?

Yes, as of December 2012 pizza boxes are recyclable with UNCG’s commingled recycling program due to the City of Greensboro expanding its curbside recycling program. Please be sure pizza box is empty and flatten box. Due to their larger size it is best if empty pizza boxes are taken directly to your building’s green commingled recycling dumpster.

Are plastic bags recyclable on campus?

No, grocery store and shopping bags made of plastic are not recyclable with UNCG’s recycling program. Plastic bags are actually a huge problem for recycling processors because they damage sorting mechanisms. However your local grocery store has recycling containers especially for this material.

Are hard cover books recyclable on campus?

Yes, however hard cover books need to be collected separately from other recyclables. Give the OWRR a call to schedule a pickup of hard cover books. The OWRR can also work with you on any special cleanouts of your office space on campus.

Is it really against the law to throw away plastic bottles and aluminum cans in the trash?

Yes, when items are thrown into campus trash containers they are destined for landfill disposal. NC has several landfill bans for several common items, plastic beverage containers and aluminum cans are included in these bans. Visit the following website for additional information.

Where does UNCG's trash go?

UNCG generates many tons of waste every month, the bulk of this waste is destined for landfill disposal (although much of it could have been recycled but was incorrectly put in the trash containers around campus). The City of Greensboro has a landfill close to town but in 2007 it stopped taking MSW (municipal solid waste). MSW from UNCG and the surrounding area of Greensboro is now taken to a transfer station on Burnt Poplar Road. The transfer station packs the waste into large semi-truck trailers where it is driven 79 miles south to the Uwharrie Regional Landfill in Mt. Gilead, NC.

Should slick (coated) paper be put in office recycling or commingled?

The slick paper should be put in commingled recycling bin, magazines are the most common source for this type of paper.

How to I dispose of my Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) on campus?

The OWRR does not manage the disposal of universal waste on campus, CFL’s are considered a Universal Waste and must be handled through UNCG Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). Give EH&S a call to find out the closest CFL drop off point on campus is to you.

Where do I dispose of paint on campus?

All paint needs to be disposed of through UNCG Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S).

Are all recycling programs the same?

No, recycling programs vary drastically from place to place. Recycling is a business and if not enough money can be generated by collecting a certain item then the MRF (Material Recovery Facility) will not accept it in their program. It is the user’s responsibility to find out what their recycling program accepts, UNCG’s commingled recycling program uses the same MRF as the City of Greensboro so our commingled recycling guidelines mirror that of the City of Greensboro. Visit the following website for additional information.

How do I securely shred paper documents on campus?

Every June the OWRR sponsors an annual Shred-A-Thon program where a contracted mobile shredding truck will be stationed on campus (near EUC Walker Ave. Bus Stop area) to securely shred any paper documents you have from your office or household for free. The OWRR does not offer secure shredding during other times of year; however departments can contract with local document security companies independently. Some examples of local shredding services are Cintas Document Management, Shred-It, Iron Mountain and a Shred Ahead.

Where did my bottle top recycling bin go?

With the expansion of UNCG’s commingled recycling program including bottle caps the need for separate bottle cap recycling program has ended. Please include bottle caps with your empty bottles when recycling them in one of the commingled recycling bins or dumpsters.