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As stewards of the environment, we are responsible for preserving and protecting our resources for ourselves and for future generations.


What to Recycle

Aluminum and Metal Containers

  • All aluminum and metal beverage and food containers may be collected together
  • Aerosol containers

Corrugated Cardboard

  • Any corrugated box which is not wax coated may be collected

Glass Products

  • All colored glass bottles or jars from food or beverage products can be collected together. If in doubt whether a container is clear or colored, consider it colored.
  • Clear glass containers need to be separated from colored glass.


  • Magazines will be collected separately from office paper and newspaper.
  • Catalogs printed on glossy paper.


  • All newspapers, including inserts, will be collected.
  • Telephone books and IUP directories can be recycled with newspapers by placing in a designated bin or near office paper collection container. Covers do not need to be removed.

Office Paper

  • Copy and typing paper: white or colored, including letterhead
  • Computer paper: white or green bar
  • Envelopes: plain, with cellophane windows or mailing labels
  • Wrappers from reams of paper
  • Adding machine tapes
  • Pamphlets, brochures, and advertisements made from copy type paper
  • NCR invoices
  • Scratch and message pads, Post-It notes, and yellow tablet paper
  • Accounting ledgers
  • Tabulating and time cards
  • Posters
  • Manilla and colored file folders
  • Glossy Office Paper

Plastics #1 and #2

  • Any #1 or #2 plastic container with a tapered neck
  • Please remove lids

How to Recycle

  • All office paper products can be collected and recycled together. Custodial Services staff will provide a hanging recycling box for each office wastebasket for paper collection.
  • Remove paper clips and rubber bands from paper. Removal of staples is preferred but not required
  • Any suitable container may be designated as a collection box, but it must be clearly marked recycling, including what is to be recycled in that container.
  • A recycling collection box should be placed near each department’s copier or printer.
  • Corrugated cardboard can be given to the housekeeping staff.
  • Glass and plastic containers need to have labels removed and should be rinsed routinely. Housekeeping staff will gather recyclable items from office collection containers and move them to a central collection site.
  • Collection sites for plastics, newspapers, and magazines will be identified for each building.

Where to Recycle


Material Residence Halls Dining Halls Academic and Admin
Aluminum / Metal * * *
Cardboard * * *
Glass * * *
Magazines *    
Newspapers * * *
Office Paper *   *
Plastics 1 and 2 * * *

A collection of plastic items in the academic and service buildings will only be in buildings where plastic containers are used in vending machines.

  • Facilities Operations
  • Robertshaw Building
    650 South Thirteenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2710
  • Fax: 724-357-2096