Recycling at Wooster

At the College of Wooster we do our best to recycle as much as possible, but it’s important to understand that effective recycling starts with you.  Here are the 3 most important things you should know about recycling right.

  1. When in doubt, throw it out! (When trash is found in the recycling dumpster the entire load goes to the landfill. If you’re unsure, please throw it away.)
  2. All recyclables must be clean and mostly dry
  3. No bags. Plastic bags are the primary cause of recycling contamination.
Yes, I'm recyclable
  • Paper (mail, magazines, copy paper, notebook paper, etc.)
  • Cardboard
  • Metal cans
  • Plastics bottles and containers
  • The single-use boxed water we use on campus is recyclable

No, I'm NOT recyclable
  • Anything with food residue (such as greasy pizza boxes)
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Glass
  • Paper napkins/towels
  • All other plastics
  • Styrofoam
  • Straws


Creative Dining partners with the local composting service, Paradise Composting, to compost all pre- and post-consumer food waste in the dining for the majority of the academic year. This both reduces the amount of waste sent to the landfill and reduces our overall greenhouse gas emissions, all while helping create rich, healthy, local compost. (Due to storage limitations, we are unable to compost during the warmer summer months.)

Our campus grounds crew also composts all leaves collected on campus, which has allowed us to meet 100% of our mulching needs without purchasing additional materials.