Recycling bins are found in all residence halls and most other buildings on campus.
In 2015, the Office of Green Initiatives, together with College Operations and student organization ECO, began the process of identifying and installing standardized bins and signage. The goal of the initiative is to make recycling easy, obvious and ubiquitous on campus.
Blue bins or bins featuring blue labels are for mixed glass, aluminum cans and #1 and #2 plastic bottles. They can be found in individual rooms, offices, hallways and public spaces where trash is also collected.
Green bins or bins featuring green labels are for paper recycling only and can be found in hallways and near printer stations. Please note that cardboard is recycled separately from paper; generally in an adjacent space.
The Kenyon College Recycling Center is located near the athletic fields, behind the Athletic Center. All of the materials recycled on campus are processed at this location.
Keeping the recycling stream pure is essential to maximizing our ability to recycle! Please know what CAN and what CAN’T be recycled and how to avoid contaminating an otherwise productive recycling program.
Please rinse out containers and remove caps and lids before recycling. For specific questions, contact the Office of Green Initiatives.
Plastic: #1 and #2 only*
Cardboard (free of wax, foil, and cellophane)
*Kenyon accepts plastics #1 & #2. This includes soft drink bottles, milk jugs, laundry detergent and shampoo bottles; generally containers with smaller openings than bodies. Check the number in the recycling symbol to determine if it is an appropriate plastic.
There are some items that cannot be recycled at this time on campus:
Plastic Solo cups (#6 plastic)
Paper cups (coffee cups)
*While the cardboard is a recyclable material, food contamination makes pizza boxes one of the leading contaminants in recycling streams. If you want to recycle a pizza box, you must tear or cut out any section that has come into contact with food or grease.
Kenyon’s Peirce dining hall features a composting system that diverts as much as 3,500 pounds of waste each week- that’s over 56 tons a year! Compostable items are collected at the Peirce Hall dish return where they are sorted by AVI employees and sent to the composting center. In addition to food waste, napkins and disposable hot beverage cups can also be composted at the dining hall. The Kenyon Compost Center receives all waste from Peirce and turns it into compost for use around campus.