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Waste Reduction

Don't Feed the Fill

Want to Plan a Zero-Waste Event?

Students in the UW Sustainability Coalition developed guidelines for planning and executing events with 90% waste reduction. If you're planning a conference, workshop, or other event, check out our Zero-Waste Event guidelines document for creative ideas to reduce the waste stream. 

Recycling Bins

Recycling bins for plastic, aluminum and paper can be found in multiple locations around campus- look for the sign below! Ink cartridges may be set next to recycling bins around campus or email for pickup.

Recycling poster 

Cardboard from campus is accepted in outdoor bins at the following locations:

  • Student Health
  • Old Main
  • Physical Sciences
  • Coe Library
  • Knight Hall
  • McWhinnie Hall
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Anthropology
  • Enzi STEM
  • Union
  • Washakie Dining Center
  • Animal Science
  • Centennial Complex
  • Visual Arts
  • Hill Hall
  • White Hall
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts
  • College of Law
  • Gateway Center
  • UW Apartments (Note: Outdoor bins by Spanish Walk and Bison Run accept plastic bottles, cans, newspaper and mixed paper.)
  • Early Care and Education Center


For questions about recycling or special pickups please contact Waste Services at 307-766-3590 or

Certain items accepted for reuse

If you have the following and don’t want them, the UW Surplus Department will pick them up. If you have a need for any of these items, they work on a donation basis and accept cash, checks or IDR’s. Please call (307) 766-2340 or email for more information. 

• Styrofoam peanuts
• Unused paper and envelopes
• Binders and File Folders (3 ring, accordion, manila, etc.)
• Miscellaneous office supplies (paper clips, binder clips, etc.)
• Notepads
• Paper

Additional Recycling & Reuse Opportunities

  • The Wyoming Conservation Corps typically hosts a glass recycling drive each spring. Check their social media for glass recycling dates and location. 
  • Each year the Nordic Ski Team helps to bring sustainability to the community through Trash to Treasure (T2T), an event in which unwanted household items are collected at the end of the school year, cleaned and re-sold in the fall.
  • Download the City of Laramie's Recycling app by searching "Laramie Waste and Recycling" on the AppStore or online on the City of Laramie's webpage. This resource informs citizens where to dispose of specific waste and reminds them when waste collection is happening in Laramie.


Track our progress for recycling at Campus Race to Zero Waste

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Campus Sustainability Committee

Laramie, WY 82071


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