RecycleMania 2016

RecycleMania 2016

Go UTSA! The results of RecycleMania 2016 are in! Visit our recycling news page for full details.

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Reduce, re-use, recycle!

Help us achieve our vision of a greener campus. Visit our recycling home page for more information.

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Single-stream Recycling


In an effort to recycle more and reduce our impact on the environment, UTSA has adopted a single-stream recycling process to decrease waste and increase recycling. In this process, all recyclable items are placed in a single container and are sorted off-site at a recycling facility. This is similar to the recycling program implemented by the City of San Antonio. Please watch our video above for more details!

Recycling at UTSA

Recycling Tonnage Processed

The Office of Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management oversees the daily collection of waste and recycling on UTSA campuses. Recycling and waste minimization efforts don't just save money—they contribue to a sustainable environment and a greener campus. Our goal is to improve our recycling efforts year over year. In recent years, the UTSA community has recycled hundreds of tons of mixed paper and cardboard, electronics, lamps, batteries, glass, metal, plastic and others materials.

We provide recycling containers for all faculty, staff and students at the University housing. Indoor and outdoor receptacles are located throughout campus, offering a convenient way for everyone to do their part.

What Can You Recycle?

With advanced sorting capabilities, the question is now: "What can't be recycled?" Answer: food, liquids, used napkins, tea bags, coffee grounds, candy wrappers, and Styrofoam packing material—everything else goes in the bin!

In the UTSA single stream recycling you can recycle anything fitting the following descriptions:

paired recycling and waste BigBelly bins in the Sombrilla
  • Paper: anything that tears—including white, color, and coated paper; magazines and catalogs; envelopes, even with plastic windows; phone books, etc.
  • Cardboard: all cardboard, including greasy food containers and used pizza boxes (be sure you remove the food first). Please break the box down. If it won't fit in a bin, our custodial staff will take it to containers located next to buildings.
  • Plastics: most anything including plastic bags and frozen food plastic containers.
  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Steel food and beverage containers
  • Glass food and beverage containers
  • Styrofoam food and beverage containers

Single stream is an innovation in recycling that allows participants to put recyclables conveniently into one bin.

Where Can You Find Single-stream Recycling Bins?

Bins are found throughout campus, in such locations as:

  • Your office or workplace: The blue recycling bins at your desk can now handle all single stream recyclable materials.
  • Campus buildings: Blue bins are located near dining facilities, entryways, stairways and common areas, and/or classrooms.
  • Outside: Blue bins are located in high traffic areas throughout the grounds

For more information, Contact UTSA Recycling