Help the ASCP divert compost and recycling from entering the landfill by using this sorting guide!
USING THIS GUIDE
In a Fall 2018 waste audit, the ASCP discovered that, on average, 53% of the material in our surveyed landfill bins is compostable. We also know that plastics, which often end up in our campus landfill bins, never really decompose, but just fracture into smaller and smaller pieces to be ingested by wildlife and, eventually, humans.
Note: The Auraria campus is serviced by Alpine Waste. All waste haulers and processors accept different materials and offer different collection guidelines. This guide reflects Alpine’s guidelines and may differ from the waste hauler servicing your house/apartment.
"What About This?"
Here are some helpful tips on tricky or hard to recycle items:
Thin plastic soda and coffee lids are NOT recyclable through Alpine, even though they have a recycle symbol and #.
Bottle/Jar Lids: If a lid is the same material as the bottle (ie: plastic on plastic), keep it on. If it is different (metal lid, glass bottle), remove the lid.
LARGE PACKING STYROFOAM
Large, dense packing Styrofoam (found around new appliances) CAN be recycled in our blue bins (clamshells cannot). This is a unique service offered by Alpine.
Many items CAN be recycled if they are batched together at special collection sites:
E-Waste can be dropped off in e-Waste bins located in front of the Tivoli Station Bookstore and in the northeast corner of the Arts Building. Acceptable items include:
batteries, power cords, small electronics (1.5” thick or less), laptops, tablets, and phones
The ASCP hosts two e-waste recycling events throughout the year for larger electronic items. Text ASCP to 22828 to sign up for the ASCP Newsletter, where events will be announced.
Plastic bags CAN be recycled in batches at many grocery store collection sites, including most Albertson's, King Soopers, Safeway, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart and Target!
Shredded paper will clog the machines at Alpine’s sorting facility. However, you can either compost it, recycle it by putting it in a closed paper bag or cereal box, or take it to Office Max or Shred Nations for a small fee. See Denver's Trash and Recycling Directory for more info.