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Tips and FAQs for in-office recycling


Many personal workspaces at Clemson University feature a “little blue bin” for employees to place recyclables temporarily until they are able to empty the bins into larger collection areas in the hallway. These bins are part of Clemson’s Recycling and Sustainability program by the CU Sustainability Commission, as a high percentage of trash can be diverted from landfills via recycling. To assist employees, Recycling Services has a few recycling tips and answers to frequently asked questions.


  • Copy/Office paper
  • Any envelopes
  • Books|
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Phonebooks
  • Post-It notes
  • Any colored paper
  • Staples
  • Paper clips


  • Food contaminated paper
  • Waxed paper
  • Waxed cardboard containers
  • Stickers
  • Bubble wrap
  • Bubble wrap envelopes
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Carbon paper

Frequently Asked Questions

How can the mini black bin hold all my garbage?

Almost everything that comes across your desk should be recyclable. There should be a small amount of “real” garbage left, making the mini black bin big enough for your trash.

Why do I have to empty my own bin?

Custodial staff are incredibly busy ensuring all shared spaces in your building are clean. They are not responsible for emptying bins in your personal space.

What happens when I leave food and messy items that smell?

If you eat lunch at your desk, it is best to put food scraps directly into the central garbage bin.

What do I do with the rest of my recycling?

  • Plastic bottles and aluminum cans can be sorted at the recycling stations in the hallways.
  • Cardboard can be broken down and placed by recycling stations.
  • Printing cartridges can be placed in the original box and set by recycling stations.

For more information about recycling at Clemson, visit the Recycling Services webpage.