University at Albany

Recycling & Waste Reduction

The University at Albany disposes of approximately 1,572 tons of garbage per year. Annually we recycled 249 tons of mixed paper, 34 tons of comingled product (glass, plastic, tin), 109 tons of scrap metal, 3.2 tons of tires, 2.8 tons of motor oil, 1 tons of kitchen grease and 0.23 tons of batteries. UAlbany faculty, staff, and students participate in the nationwide RecycleMania challenges in an effort to increase waste reduction and recycling. If you would like to know more about recycling on campus, click here. Check out this brochure for your essentials on waste reduction at UAlbany.

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RecycleMania @ UAlbany

The University at Albany is a proud participant in the recycling competitions and recyclable material benchmarking strategies organized by RecycleMania.


Recycling and Waste Bins

In the Libraries, Campus Center, and on the Academic Podium a projectto replace the aging waste and recycling bins and update them with new and better labeld bins to help students identify which items can be recycled and which items must be sent to the landfill.

Give and Go

Give & Go

The Give and Go program occurs during move out in May. The program was established in Spring 2008 and encourages students to donate unwanted, usable items instead of throwing them away. Dates, times, and locations of the collection areas will be announced at the end of each Spring semester.



Starting in Spring 2013, we started to compost pre- and post-consumer food waste at Indian Quad Dining Hall as a pilot program. The project was so successful that State Quad Dining Hall was added in Spring 2014. Composting is taking place in all of the Living Residents Dining Halls!There is currently a project that allows offices on campus to compost their food scraps to further divert food from our waste stream. Contact if your office would like to compost!

Food Recovery

Leftover foods from the Living Residents Dining Halls are no longer sent to the compost stream. Some of the nightly leftovers are packaged by students and sent to the Northeast Regional Food Bank. If you would like to get involved message


Trashion Fashion Show

Trashion Fashion

Do you have what it takes to be UAlbany's next great designer? Can you work with unconventional materials? UAlbany is hosts an annual Trashion Fashion show, where you can create an ensemble from reclaimed and recyclable materials. Contact if you or your group would like to get involved!