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One of the more direct means of sustaining our environment is through consistent and efficient recycling practices. Recycling reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution created from landfill use, conserves energy and natural resources and reduces the destruction of natural habitats.

Pitt State Recycling strives to divert as much waste as possible from our landfills.  We reuse or re-purpose material and/or items where possible and recycle the rest.  We work to provide convenient means for recycling across campus and are currently in the process of installing recycling stations in University buildings where office and other recycling may be deposited and will serve as collection points for pick up by recycling staff.  The stations have been designed to accept paper, bottle/cans, and cardboard.  Recycling services also provides free desk side recycling containers for those who need them.  Outdoor containers are also being installed and will be provided across campus.  Recyclables are picked up on a regular basis and transported to an on-site location for further sorting and delivery to SEK Recycling Center. 

Construction Recycling

Recycling Services partners with the Office of Facilities Planning and with contractors to recycle materials from new construction and remodel projects across campus. Materials such as light fixtures, ceiling tile, doors, cabinets, miscellaneous metals, etc. are recovered from these projects and re-purposed, donated or sold. Materials such as cardboard, glass, pallets, metal, etc. are also collected and recycled from these projects and distributed to our local SEK Recycling facility.

Reuse Initiative

Pitt State's Recycling Services strives to re-purpose or reuse               

items collected from campus sources and classrooms. Desks,

chairs, file cabinets, shelving units, whiteboards, etc. that              

are not being used any longer are held throughout the school

year and made available to offices all over campus for free if they

are in need of replacements or parts for anything. This program

has enabled cost reductions for relocating departments and offices across the campus.


Annual Sale

Pitt State Recycle holds a sale, at least once per year to facilitate the re-purposing of items that cannot be reused on campus. These sales are open to the public and are advertised when a date has been set for the sale.


Game Day Recycle

Our Pitt Recycle team works all home football games collecting recyclables during game-day activities. Recycling containers are provided at numerous locations inside and outside of the stadium for collection and, with help from the Athletics Department, recycling bags are handed out to tailgaters as they enter the parking lots. The recycling team walks the parking lost and tents during tailgating activities working with students and fans to collect recyclables while promoting awareness and recycling practices at Pitt State. Recycling Services also partners with Sodexo to recycle cardboard and other materials used by food services for concessions and skybox needs. Recyclables are also collected in all skybox seating throughout the stadium.

Game recycle


Recycling Services partners with the Office of Information Systems and SEK Recycling to provide the University e-wast recycling program. Pickup of electronic equipment is provided at the request of offices/departments via the University E-Waste Form. The form can also be found at Forms should be downloaded to your computer, filled out, and emailed to When using this form, please make sure that you are using the most recent version as updates are made to it as needed. All hard drives must be removed or wiped to DOD standards by Information Systems prior to pickup by Recycling Services. If you need assistance with step, please contact Gorilla Geeks at extension 4600 or


What do we accept?

  • Cans- Aluminum, Tin

  • Bottles- Plastics 1-7(No Tobacco Products)

  • Paper- Preferably no food

  • Cardboard- If it isn't corrugated it is paper

  • E-Waste- Old electronics

  • Glass

  • Other Metals- Copper, iron, etc.  

Here is a link to our in depth list!

Educational Links

Recycle Across America

Rethink Recycle

Kab Education

SEK Recycle

Recycling Facts

When U.S. recycling levels reach 75% it will be the environmental and CO2 equivalent of removing 55 million cars from U.S. roads each year.
Manufacturers truly want these materials back to reuse in their manufacturing, but they aren't able to reuse the materials if people don't recycle right.
According to a recent Yale University/EPA study, the U.S. recycles less than 22% of its discarded materials. 
Despite only representing 5% of the world population, the U.S. generates more waste than any other country in the world. (World Watch Institute)

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