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Three members of SU's recycling crew collecting materials


Salisbury University started recycling in 1980 and has maintained a 50% recycling rate since 2012. That accomplishment required new initiatives, new collection locations, education outreach, and a large student-worker crew. SU also promotes recycling through events and activities such as Recycle Madness, where clubs and organizations get points and rewards for having the most recycling by the pound.

The campus now has twelve large outdoor recycling containers, along with smaller receptacles in hallways, office suites and classrooms of all academic and administrative buildings. The large receptacles are “single-stream recycling”, meaning that you can place glass, cardboard, paper, and plastics in the same collection container.

Single stream recycling simplifies the recycling process, which increases participation and minimizes waste sent to the landfill. The receptacles inside the buildings are also single-stream, but there are some do’s and don’ts of recycling that most people are unaware of.



  • Recycle paper
  • Recycle empty plastic bottles
  • Recycle cardboard
  • Recycle glass
  • Call the SU recycling crew to pick up large loads
  • Recycle batteries in specified locations
  • Leave printer ink cartridges for the recycling crew to collect


  • Place liquid in the recycling bin
  • Dispose of food in a recycling bin
  • Recycle plastic bags.  They must be taken to participating stores.
  • Dispose of batteries in the general recycling bin
  • Dipose of styrofoam in the recycling bin
  • Place materials in paper shredding bins that do not need to be shredded

Two recycling staff members collecting materials


If you are uncertain whether an item can be recycled or not or if you have a bulk pick-up, you can call the recycling crew at, 410-543-6283.

If you need to recycle batteries, here is the link to locations where you can find battery drop-offs: Do NOT throw batteries in the trash, they contain substances that are detrimental to the environment surrounding landfills.

If you have plastic bags, they can be recycled at most Target or grocery stores.

If you have University owned electronics that need to be recycled, visit this page for instructions:


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