Resources on Campus

Where can I Dispose of or Recycle Unwanted or Used...

Aerosol Cans      
All aerosol cans are punctured and recycled. Contact Chemical and Radiation Safety: Phone 559-6356

Batteries       
Single use alkaline batteries can be recycled in jars located all over campus.  All other batteries can be disposed of through Chemical and Radiation Safety: Phone 559-6356

Cardboard
All corrugated cardboard (shipping boxes) and standard cardboard (cereal boxes) can be recycled on campus. Please break down the boxes so they are flat and place them between your paper recycling bin and the wall or at the designated location for your building. You do not need to remove labels or tape.

Chemicals
Need MSDS information? For proper disposal contact Chemical and Radiation Safety: Phone 559-6356

Computers/Monitors/Scanners/Printers and Other Electronics
Household electronics can be recycled through General Supply.  Hard drives are removed and crushed.  Usable equipment and computers without hard drives may be resold and General Supply will recycle personal equipment for a nominal fee.  If you have any inquiries or would like to drop items off, you can contact General Supply at 559-5220.

Defunct Writing Instruments (dried-up pens, markers, sharpies, and more)
All brands and types of defunct writing instruments can be placed in a TerraCycle box, located in many offices and labs around campus. For example, markers, highlighters, dry-erase markers, pens, traditional #2 wood pencils, mechanical pencils, erasers, and colored pencils can all be placed in the box. The only writing-related item that CANNOT be placed in the box is correction fluid (e.g., Wite-Out). TerraCycle will recycle the items and turn them into other fun and innovative products. See Terracycle Writing Instrument Recycling for details. More info:  http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/writing-instruments-brigade-r.html. For each defunct writing instrument that is sent to TerraCycle, UNMC LiveGreen will receive 2 cents, which will be used to help fund other energy and resource conservation efforts on campus.

Furniture
All usable furniture is sold to people that need it. Contact UNMC General Supply: Phone 559-5899

Journals, Magazines, and Books
Individual items can be recycled in the BLUE paper bins. If you have numerous items please contact EVS (559-4073) and they will supply you with a larger bin. Books can also be recycled through the UNMC Bookstore.

Mercury-Containing Lamps 
Usually in microscopes or lighted equipment. Contact Chemical and Radiation Safety: Phone 559-6356 

Metal
Virtually all metal products on campus can be recycled by placing them in the GREEN bins or carts. Please do not include aluminum foil or styrofoam. Please empty items that contained food or drink (to reduce odor).

Paper
Virtually all paper products on campus can be recycled by placing them in the BLUE deskside bins or carts. All paper is shredded so it is HIPAA compliant. 

Phone Books
Recycle those phone books! Click here to find out how.

Plastic 
Virtually all plastic products on campus can be recycled by placing them in the GREEN bins or carts. Please do not include plastic bags, plastic wrap (saran or bubble, etc.) or styrofoam. Please empty items that contained food or drink (to reduce odor) and remove bottle top lids prior to recycling.

Refrigerators and Freezers 
Facilities Management & Planning will need to remove the Freon first; contact them at 559-4050.  Did you know they can reuse it in other places on campus instead of just disposing of it? Contact General Supply to have the fridge or freezer surplused: Phone 559-5899

Useable Laboratory Equipment/Supplies   
Check out the UNMC Classifieds and Tips/Research Support Systems, where you can buy, sell, or trade any safe and usable equipment or supply.  Login in using your Lotus Notes ID.

Useable Office Equipment/ Supplies    
Check out the UNMC Classifieds and Tips/Research Support Systems, where you can buy, sell, or trade any safe and usable equipment or supply.  Login in using your Lotus Notes ID.

Have a question about an item not on the list?  Let us know and we’ll find out!

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