Sustainability at IUPUI

The Easy Way to Do Your Part

IUPUI recycles, and we make it as easy as possible to do so. You'll find blue, single-stream recycling bins throughout campus, allowing you to make responsible choices when you're done with your beverage bottle, pizza box, coffee cup, and more.  

Benefits of Recycling

By recycling your waste instead of trashing it, you'll:

  • Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Conserve natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
  • Increase economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
  • Prevent pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Save energy and greenhouse gas emissions, curbing the impacts of climate change
  • Support American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
  • Help create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States

Source: United States EPA

Making Recycling Easy

The Office of Sustainability works with Campus Facility Services to improve the ease of campus recycling. Single stream recycling allows users to conveniently place all of their recyclable items such as newspaper, cardboard, mixed paper, magazines, aluminum, paperboard, and plastic in one recycling bin.  The recyclables are sorted upon arrival at Ray's Trash Service recycling center called a material recovery center, or MRF.

Watch this video to learn about how recyclables are sorted at an MRF.

Can I Recycle That?

Up to 70% of what we throw away is recyclable! Download information on recycling education, follow these recycling guidelines and watch the video below to make sure your recyclables end up where they should.


Office and notebook paper, colored paper, newspaper, magazines, soft books, junk mail, paper bags, paper coffee and fountain beverage cups, paper to-go containers, cardboard half-gallon containers, pizza boxes, boxes for microwavable lunches, shredded paper (place in a clear bag) – if you can rip it, you can recycle it!

Non-recyclable paper includes:

  • Tissue and paper towels
  • Paper that has a large amount of food or liquid on it


Cardboard boxes that are clean and broken down. Pizza boxes perfectly fine too – a little cheese or grease is ok, but please no crusts or leftover pizza pieces in the box!


Aluminum cans, soup cans, paper clips, staples, binder clips, aluminum foil. 

Plastics #1-7

If a plastic item has the recycle symbol on it with the number 1-7 inside, it’s recyclable!  Common plastics include beverage bottles, yogurt cups, medicine bottles, cleaning containers, plastic food containers, microwavable meal trays. 

Non-recyclable plastic includes:

  • Plastic grocery bags
    • These are recyclable, but please take them to the grocery store to be recycled
  • Plastic oil containers (motor oil, cooking oil)
  • Plastic cutlery and straws
  • Plastic, disposable coffee pods


Bottles, trays, containers.

Non-recyclable glass includes:

  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Laboratory glass

Electronic Waste

The state of Indiana mandates all unneeded, obsolete, or broken electronics must be recycled. 

On Campus: 

  • Only university-owned electronics can be recycled on campus. Please send those items to IUPUI Surplus for processing


Office of Sustainability

Lockefield Village
980 Indiana Avenue, Room 4408
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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