Pick-up schedule and recycling locations
Mixed (or co-mingled) containers including tin, aluminum, plastic food containers (#1 - 7) and glass
bottles and jars should have the lids removed, be emptied of liquids and rinsed.
Mixed paper includes white and colored papers, softcover books, newspapers & boxboard (cereal,
tissue, cracker boxes, etc.). See below for handling of Confidential Materials
Cardboard - the stuff with the wavy layer between two flat layers -
is placed separately. Pizza boxes must be free of food residue, otherwise they should be discarded.
Batteries should be placed in the labeled white buckets located in most recycling areas.
Compost at Keene State College comes from food scraps collected in the kitchens of the dining
commons and the student center food court, as well as grounds waste like leaves and grass. Our
grounds keepers maintains the compost piles and uses the finished materials to plant the
lovely flowers, plants and trees that grace campus. Although we do not have an exact figure, we
estimate that we divert roughly 10 tons of food waste alone.
We do not take: mirrors, Pyrex glass, window glass, styrofoam (except peanuts) and used
tissues/napkins (or similar items).
Fluorescent bulbs (which contain mercury) should be wrapped in their replacement container,
marked 'recycle'and left in a safe spot in the recycling area. For information on cleaning up broken fluorescent
bulbs: NH DES website,
In addition, the College collects scrap metal, leaf and yard waste, pre-plate food scraps from
dining commons/food court and scrap wood.
There is a Re-Use room in the basement of Elliot Hall. This is a great place to put or find
still useable materials like books, 3-ring binders, paper, envelopes, file folders, etc.
Broken computers, televisions, all metal items, refrigerators and freezers need a work order for disposal.
Please see your RA, RD or administrative assistant for more information.
- We also take:
- styrofoam peanuts (boxed or bagged)
- (bagged) clothing or cloth
- paired shoes
- hardcover books.
- Technology waste:transparencies, CD's, floppy discs, cell phones, videos, audio tapes, microfiche
- Ink Jet Cartridges
Most hazardous wastes on campus are those generated in the print studios and science center. Many
of the cleaning supplies purchased by students are also considered hazardous waste. Try to buy only
what you need, consider giving unused portions to others who can use it, look for non-hazardous
cleaning materials. (R.O.C.K.S. has an alternative cleaning pamphlet available.)
For more information on Hazardous waste disposal or proper management, contact
Sylvie Rice, Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator.
Any broken items (other than those listed here) should be thrown away.
Confidential Material Handling
Locked Confidential Data Destruction bins are available from the Recycling Office.
It is an easy, quick and safe way to manage your confidential materials.
If you have large quantities of material ready for disposal, please let us know.
We can leave you an empty unlocked bin in a secure location of your choosing.
Alternately, we are happy to stop by and open the bin in your building whenever you need to unload boxes directly into the bin.
As always, please try to limit the materials to confidential data only. The less non-confidential material we put in them is better for our bottom line.
In addition, please minimize rubber-band wrapped papers, large metal clips, paper ream wrappers
(which should be thrown away) plastic of any kind - including folder covers and transparencies- and anything else that isn't paper.
Staples and occasional paper clips are fine. This material is dumped directly from the bin into a huge shredder.
Not only can some of the undesirable materials damage the equipment, but the recycling value of the shredded paper
is severely diminished if plastic gets in the mix.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!