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Recycling at NIU

Recycling and resource use are critical components of Northern Illinois University's campus sustainability efforts. At NIU, we are dedicated to improving our current recycling systems and minimizing resource use to better meet our campus sustainability initiatives. In a world of finite resources, the ways in which we use resources to support university operations and campus life, and the way we manage our waste products play a key role in defining the university's environmental footprint. By implementing recycling options for all materials and improving university management of materials, we will reduce our consumption, minimize our contribution to the landfill, and reduce our carbon footprint.

Recycling Directory provided by the DeKalb County Health Department

Basic Dumpster Etiquette

  • Items must be inside the Waste Management dumpsters for pickup.
  • No overflow materials are permitted and no large furniture will be collected.
  • As of January 2012, it is against Illinois State Law to dispose of electronics in the landfill.
  • WM does not accept mattresses or white products such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.
  • Oil, paint, drywall, light bulbs, chemicals and hazardous materials are not accepted

Campus programs that support recycling:

Institute for the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy

NIU Green Paws Environmental Alliance

Environmental Studies Club

Community recycling bin

For community members and students that don't have access to campus recycling, there is a community recycling bin located off of Lincoln Highway on the west side of Stadium Drive. This bin is available for anyone to use at any time. The bin is located in a turnabout area just west of the Dorland Building.