Recycling at UCSB

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Recycling receptacles at UCSB are easily accessible and strategically located to meet the recycling needs of the UCSB Community. UCSB promotes both commingled recycling and multi-stream recycling where appropriate. BLUE is the designated color for recycling at UCSB. For the recycling rates at UCSB, please refer to UCSB’s latest Waste Diversion Plan.

What Can I Recycle?



Aluminum, steel, tin, bi-metal, and other select scrap and precious metals can be recycled at UCSB. Examples of common metal recyclables include:

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Clean foil and trays
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Paper clips and staples


Plastics #1 - #7, which includes all hard plastics and some soft plastics, can be recycled at UCSB. “Compostable” plastics such as "PLA7" are not accepted in the recycling waste stream. Examples of common #1 - #7 plastic recyclables include:

  • Beverage bottles and bottle caps
  • Plastic cups and plates
  • Plastic food containers
  • Plastic packaging
  • Yogurt containers


  • Glass bottles and jars of any can be recycled at UCSB


Clean and unsoiled office paper can be disposed of in recycling receptacles. Common examples of paper waste includes:

  • Computer, copier, fax, lined, and paper
  • Colored paper (NO Astrobrites)
  • Envelopes
  • Sticky notes
  • Manila folders
  • Paper bags
  • Cardboard (please flatten boxes)
  • Paper packaging
  • Phonebooks
  • Shredded paper
  • Wax cartons

Aseptic Packaging

Although not recyclable everywhere, aseptic packaging can be recycled locally through the process of hydrapulping.

  • Juice boxes, most coconut water and almond milk containers, as well as chicken, beef, or vegetable containers. Tetra Pak is a notable company in the industry that produces aseptic packaging.

Where Can I Recycle?


Indoor Recycling

Blue Slim Jim

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Outdoor Recycling

outdoor recycling bins

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