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Recycling at the Marriott Library

The J. Willard Marriott Library has an extensive recycling program that includes mixed paper, office pack, cardboard, plastics #1 & 2, aluminum, batteries, books, and Styrofoam.  In addition, the library employs green purchasing practices and engages in activities that encourage the re-use and redistribution of operational materials.

recycling quad

Where to Recycle and What: 

Office Paper: These blue cans with white labels titled “Office Pack” can be found all throughout the Library and are clearly labeled with what can and cannot go in them. PAPER ONLY. Examples: any white or pastel colored paper (including white and pastel colored junk mail and sticky-notes), any index card, manila envelopes and folders, envelopes, – AND the staples, tape, paper clips and bindings are ok.  

Mixed Paper: These blue cans with red labels titled “Mixed Paper” can be found all throughout the Library and are clearly labeled with what can and cannot go in them. This is where to put items such as magazines and newspapers. PAPER ONLY. Examples: brightly colored paper and junk mail, newspapers, advertising inserts, magazines, catalogues, phone books, paper ream wrappers, paperbacks, pressboard (ie. paper towel roles and the box your frozen lunch comes in so long as there is no food on it)– AND the staples, tape, paper clips and bindings are ok.

Corrugated Cardboard: Please break down your boxes. Cardboard Boxes can be left by any trash c battery recycling sign an or, for staff, in an area designated by your department.

Batteries: A recycling/disposal bin for batteries is located by the Student Computing Services (SCS) desk in the Knowledge Commons on level 2.  An additional bin for staff is located in the Staff Break Room on level 5.

Aluminum Cans: There are recycling containers for aluminum cans located in all recycling quads throughout the library. Only put aluminum cans in these bins.

Plastics #1 & 2: There are several bins located throughout the Library for plastics #1 and #2. At this time, campus does not recycle plastics #3-7. Please do not put this in our recycling bins.

Staff can also recycle the following:

Styrofoam: Place Styrofoam next to cardboard or, email MLIB-facilities_group for pickup. The library recycles its Styrofoam through Marko, who turns it into surfboard. More information can be found at

Office Supplies: Return any unused or re-usable office supplies to Purchasing on level 1 for re-distribution.

Bubble Wrap & Popcorn Packing: Deliver to the Mailing department on level 1 for re-use.

Corrugated Cardboard: If you have a large amount of cardboard please bring it to the Recycling Room just to the right of the freight elevator on Level 1 and contact facilities.

Facilities is working diligently with Campus and the Library Green Committee to increase the number of items and the number of recycling stations/ containers throughout the Library. If you are unsure of where to recycle an item, please ask. Ask at a service desk, ask employees/co-workers, supervisors, or any member of our facilities staff. If you see someone putting an item that does not belong in a recycling container, please stop them and let them know how to dispose of the item correctly.

To staff: Watching our "Wasteline" at the Marriott Library, by Jay Mumma
 Last Modified 3/12/14