Single-Stream Recycling Program

Rutgers-Camden Residence Halls are now participating in a single stream recycling process! As an on-campus living community, we are trying our best to be a good steward of the planet.

Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Collecting used bottles, cans, newspapers and other items and sending them off to be recycled generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns. Some of these benefits accrue locally as well as globally. With over 500 members in our community, we can generate a tremendous amount of waste from our daily activites, and it benefits our future to try and reduce the amount of our waste that ends up in landfills as much as possible.

Here are just a few benefits of participating in the recycling effort:

  • Recycling protects and expands U.S. manufacturing jobs and increases U.S. competitiveness.
  • Recycling reduces the need for landfilling and incineration.
  • Recycling prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.
  • Recycling saves energy.
  • Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
  • Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations.

Housing & Residence Life has provided recycling containers in each apartment and suite on campus for the sole purpose of recycling. Residents of the Camden Tower and 330 Cooper may place full bags of recycling in the recyling receptacles located on their floor. Camden Apartments residents have their recycling picked up on a weekly basis by OHRL staff.

Our program is done in conjunction with Waste Management Inc.
Here is a list of items that are considered acceptable for recycling for our program:

  • Glass jars & bottles
  • Plastics #1-#7
  • Metal- soda cans, soup cans, tuna cans
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Brown Paper Bags/Pizza boxes/Cereal boxes
  • Phone books/Office paper without wax liners
  • Envelopes -including envelopes with the viewing window
  • Magazines/Newspapers/Weekly inserts

**Please rinse any excess food or drink off of your recyclables as a large amount of contaminables can result in your bags not being picked up during the week.**


The following items are considered unacceptable and cannot be recycled under our program:

  • Plastic bags
  • Used Paper cups/Plates/Tissues
  • Used Paper towels/Napkins
  • Plastic containers that don’t have #1-#7
  • Food
  • Hair


Please join us in the recycling process!  Here are some great benefits of proper recycling...

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours -- or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
  • Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation!!!


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