Facilities Operations Waste Management
Washington State University encourages recycling of waste materials at all campuses in order to conserve energy, recover resources, protect the environment, save on disposal costs, and generate revenue.
- WSU seeks to provide an exemplary teaching, research, and outreach environment that fosters the conservation of natural resources, supports and enhances social responsibility, addresses community and economic development, and follows environmental, social, and economic practices. (EPM EP24)
- State law requires state agencies to set an example by implementing aggressive waste reduction and recycling programs at agency workplaces and by purchasing products that are made from recycled materials and are recyclable. (RCW 70.95.010)
- State law requires state agencies to implement recycling programs at official gatherings and sporting events. (RCW 70.93.093)
WSU Pullman Campus
At the WSU Pullman campus, Facilities Operations Waste Management provides recycling services in addition to other waste management services.
All buildings at the WSU Pullman campus are equipped with efficient and effective recycling options to divert waste.
Waste Management offers special event recycling and waste management at a cost to the department or organization responsible for the event. The fee charged covers the cost of the services provided by Waste Management. For more information, contact Waste Management; telephone 335-4530.
Waste Management is responsible for collection and marketing of all collected commodities on the WSU Pullman campus. For assistance or information regarding recycling services, special events, and programs, contact Waste Management; telephone 335-4530.
Non-Pullman WSU locations rely on municipal or commercial centers for recycling services.
For information regarding recycling at the WSU Spokane campus, see the Facilities Recycling website at:
For information concerning recycling at the WSU Tri-Cities campus, see the Recycling website at:
For information regarding recycling at the WSU Vancouver (WSUV) campus, contact WSUV Facilities Operations; telephone 360-546-9000.
Other Non-Pullman Locations
For information regarding recycling at other non-Pullman locations, contact the department's building manager.
PROCEDURES (WSU PULLMAN)
Nonresidential Building Recycling
In each nonresidential building and at outdoor locations at WSU Pullman, Waste Management collects recyclable materials. For specific program information including lists of recyclable and nonrecyclable materials, see the Waste Management website at:
NOTE: Do not place nonrecyclable materials in recycling containers. Contaminated containers may be discarded as waste.
Any material containing confidential information must be shredded. See 90.01, 90.05, 90.06, and 90.07 regarding identification and disposition of confidential materials.
Waste Management provides locked bins upon request to gather confidential materials for pickup and shredding. Contact Waste Management for more information, including service costs.
Contact Waste Management prior to recycling large quantities of office materials. See also 90.01.
Waste Management manages the removal of recyclable and nonrecyclable materials from University construction projects. This service is available to departments and private contractors working on University projects at the WSU Pullman campus.
Waste Management provides dumpsters, and roll-off containers to gather construction materials for pickup and recycling. For more information, including service costs, see the Waste Management Recycling--Construction Waste Removal website at:
Used Printer Toner Cartridges
Departments may recycle used printer toner cartridges through University Stores. Follow the Used Printer Toner Cartridge Recycling Program procedures on the University Stores Ordering website at:
University Residence Hall
At each residence hall at WSU Pullman, Waste Management collects recyclable materials. For specific program information including lists of recyclable and nonrecyclable materials, see the Waste Management website at:
University Apartment Building
At each University apartment building at WSU Pullman, Waste Management collects recyclable materials. For specific program information including lists of recyclable and nonrecyclable materials, see the Waste Management website at:
Place nonrecyclable items in trash containers. Nonrecyclable materials are a contaminant in recycling containers. Excessive contamination may cause recyclable materials to be discarded as waste. Nonrecyclable items include:
- Plastic bags
- Plastic or foil coated paper
- Items contaminated with food or other substances
- Candy bar wrappers
- Biodegradable plastics
- Tissues and hand towels
- Paper clips
- Rubber bands
- Carbon paper
- Overhead transparency materials
For a larger list of nonrecyclable items, see the Waste Management Recycling website at:
Batteries used by WSU departments or employees at work are considered to be regulated hazardous waste and may not be deposited in the trash. Such batteries must be disposed of accordance to the procedures in SPPM 5.66.