The Green Book: Recycling

Sixty-eight percent of waste produced at Duke ends up in a landfill. Don’t be trashy – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Recycle it!

What can be recycled at Duke?  Find out below or view the full recycling list.

Blend Paper:

  • White paper (staples are okay)
  • File folders and index cards
  • Envelopes (without plastic windows)
  • Sticky notes

Newspapers and Magazines

  • Newspaper with glossy inserts
  • Magazines/catalogues
  • Paper bags
  • Chipboard/paperboard
  • Paperbacks


  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Clean pizza boxes

Bottles and Cans

  • Solo cups (!)
  • Plastic containers (all plastics #1 through #7)
  • All colors of glass
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil (clean)
  • Food cans (clean)
  • Tin/steel cans (clean)

Other Objects

  • Cardboard (View a map of East Campus locations)
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries and cell phones
    • Lower Level of The Marketplace
    • In the Bryan Student Center (near the bookstore entrance/elevator)
    • View the full list of battery recycling locations

Important Notes

  • Plastic bags cannot be recycled at Duke, but Whole Foods near East Campus has a collection bin
  • Rinse out containers before recycling

Recycling Off-Campus

For students who live off campus, Durham, Orange and Wake counties all offer extensive recycling programs.  See a full list of what can be recycled in Durham County, Orange County and Wake County.

Get Thrifty

Wondering where to get rid of items you no longer need?  Want to find used items for cheap or free?

  • Duke Free Store – Duke Recycles and Students for Sustainable Living bring you the Duke Free Store once a month throughout the semester at the Bryan Center.  Donate anything you’d like and grab anything you see for free! 
    • Examples of items to exchange include school supplies like binders, notebooks and pens, as well as dorm room items
    • Contact for a specific schedule
  • The Scrap Exchange (923 Franklin Street) - Bring any odd items that you aren't sure how to recycle to in The Scrap Exchange in Durham.  You can ride the Bull City Connector to the Golden Belt complex, where this facility is located.

Get Involved: Recycling