At Kenyon, students, faculty and community members strive to minimize their impact on the environment. Alongside personal commitments, the college provides opportunities and projects that encompass the whole campus, from dorms to classrooms to Peirce Hall, encouraging and enabling the whole Kenyon community to live sustainably.


What can be recycled at Kenyon?

Kenyon supplies waste and recycling opportunities in all academic buildings, residences, and offices. The Kenyon College Recycling Center, located behind the Lowry Center, near the athletic fields, recycles paper, containers (glass, metal and plastic), electronics and batteries. 

All academic buildings and community spaces have tri-partitioned bins for disposing trash and recycling paper and containers. 

Containers that can be recycled include mixed glass, aluminum cans, and #1 and #2 plastic bottles. Plastic plates and cups cannot be recycled.

All paper can be recycled as long as it has not been contaminated and does not have adhesive or plastic attached. 

Cardboard can be recycled at specific sites within each residence, the residential apartments’ trash sheds, and in the first floor of Farr Hall.

Batteries can be recycled at drop-off sites around campus including Campus Safety, the Science Quad, and Farr Hall, between the Gambier Deli and the Bookstore.

Electronic Recycling

With the support of Knox County Litter Prevention and Recycling and the Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow Joint Solid Waste District, Kenyon hosts regular electronic recycling days at the Gambier Community Center. The program diverts electronic waste from regional landfills and ensures recyclable aspects of electronic devices get a second chance at service. The program is open to the public.

Electronic recycling takes place behind the Gambier Community Center (115 Meadow Lane) on the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Most household electronics are accepted free, including non-CRT monitors and flat panel TVs under 32 inches, with the following exceptions:

  • CRT monitors and flat panel TVs over 32 inches: $20
  • CRT, rear projection, other TVs: $40

Items that are not accepted include dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, equipment containing freon, CFL bulbs, light bulbs, chemicals, hazmat waste, leaking/damaged batteries, alkaline batteries, aerosol/pressure air containers, Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs), and items containing PCBs.