UNE is committed to reducing its negative impacts on the environment and managing its resources wisely. To encourage everyone to participate in this goal, a single-sort recycling program was fully implemented in 2009 on both campuses. Single-sort systems imply that most materials can all go in one bin: paper, glass, metal and plastic. Recycling stations have been strategically located all over both campuses to ensure that recycling is an easy waste disposal option. An important feature of the recycling program is the color-coded bins. The system includes: a green bin for single-sort recycling, a blue bin for returnable bottles and cans (containers with a 5 cent deposit), and a gray bin for non-recyclable trash. Signs on the wall above the bins and on the lids of the containers provide information about what waste goes in each bin to ensure that everyone can be successful in helping UNE reach its environmental goals. For examples of what can go in each bin, please see the table below.

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What goes in each bin?

Acceptable for Blue

  • returnable cans and bottles (look for the 5¢ near the bar code)

Acceptable for Green

  • paper cardboard (no large boxes)
  • newspaper
  • magazines/catalogs
  • junk mail/window envelopes
  • books
  • file folders
  • gift wrap
  • paper shopping bags
  • juice and drink boxes
  • milk/juice cartons
  • all plastics labeled #1-7
  • foil cans
  • pots & pans
  • empty, unbroken bottles/jars (all colors of glass)
  • empty aerosol cans
  • shredded paper (must be contained in clear plastic bag)
  • clean, non-greasy pizza boxes

Acceptable for Gray

  • food
  • bubble wrap
  • snack food bags (i.e. chip bags, pop tart wrappers, etc.)
  • Styrofoam
  • paper towels
  • napkins
  • straws
  • plastic silverware
  • all other non-recyclable waste
  • plastic shopping bags

Recyclopedia App

Unsure about what can be recycled? Ecomaine has developed an app to help you sort your waste. Recyclopedia is a searchable database of more than 700 common items. Enter your waste item and see how it should be sustainably disposed. There is also the "Wicked Smaht Recycler" game you can play to test your knowledge.

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