Single stream recycling, also known as “fully commingled,” is practiced on TU’s campus. The single stream system mixes all paper fibers and every type of container (glass, metal, etc.) together in a collection truck, eliminating the need to sort recyclables into separate containers for newspaper, cardboard, plastic, glass, etc.

The single stream process makes recycling easy since there are only two containers needed —trash and recyclables.

Current Efforts

Major efforts have been made campus wide to make recycling options available. Below are details about where specific items can be recycled. In addition to the locations listed below in the On-Campus Recycling Center section, TU has the following initiatives:

  • Yard waste collected in the West Yard is taken to the City of Tulsa’s collection site where it is turned into mulch.
  • Dell Computer Recycling Program – TU electronics recycling averages 43,025 lbs. annually through Dell’s Asset Recovery Services.
  • Approximately 25-32% waste diverted from traditional waste including cardboard, batteries, glass, plastic, aluminum, steel, antifreeze, waste oil and fluorescent lights (including 5% for grease)
  • One part-time sustainability officer – 5 part-time staff and 2 students to sort recycling- recycling pick up done by janitorial staff
  • West Yard of Physical Plant (2006) and bike shop (2006) dedicated to sustainability
  • 100% of buildings have designated recycling areas
  • Recyclemania participation
On-Campus Recycling Center

Recycling receptacles are located in all buildings and events centers on campus. Single stream collection of plastics (1-7), aluminum cans, paper and glass bottles in targeted areas. Paperboard/cardboard, motor oil/antifreeze, fluorescent bulbs and batteries in the physical plant. The University Recycling Center collects approximately 200,000 lbs./year. TU receives approximately $7,000 in revenue from recyclers for materials.

Single Stream Blue Bins and Paper Recycling Boxes

Materials accepted in the single stream containers include:

  • Aluminum cans (rinse and crush)
  • Paper (clean and dry)
  • Plastic types 1-7 (caps removed)
  • Glass bottles
  • No aluminum foil, no paperboard/cardboard, no pizza boxes


There are 11 Pro-Trainer units in centralized locations on campus. These units are used to collect materials, except where noted.

  • Norman Village – west of building 600, across from Clubhouse
  • USA West – south of building 1600, north of Collins Fitness Center
  • USA South – center of parking lots
  • Mayo Village – west parking lot, east of Delaware
  • Lorton Village – South parking lot
  • Brown Village – South parking lot
  • Brown Village – Middle parking area by dumpster
  • John Mabee – Northeast side of building
  • Lottie Jane -Southeast side of building
  • LaFortune – South East side of building
  • Fisher South – Courtyard beside dumpster
  • Fisher West – Parking lot
  • Phillips Hall – Cardboard Only; Corral
  • Keplinger – Cardboard Only; Corral
  • West Park Apartments – Single Stream; Parking lot

Mr. Murph Containers

Mr. Murph containers are for single stream recycling in large quantities.

  • Harwell Field – Behind Pi Kappa Alpha and Kappa Sigma (2)
  • Gilcrease Museum – West side of building
  • Hardesty Hall – Behind building
  • Westpark Apartments – Parking lot

TerraCycle Boxes

These materials are accepted in the Terracyling containers:

  • Oral care products
  • Personal care and beauty products
  • Writing utensils
  • Snack and chip bags
  • Cell phones, smart phones and iPhones
  • Select toner cartridges and inkjet cartridges

Print Cartridges that are not accepted in the TerraCycle brigade, can be dropped off at Cartridge World or WordCom Inc.

Physical Plant West Yard

Other materials can be recycled by taking them to Physical Plant:

  • Paperboard, cardboard
  • Motor oil, antifreeze
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Steel (appliances and raw materials)
  • AA, AAA, 9-Volt, C/D-cell, button batteries and cell phone batteries
RecycleMania: Nation Recycling Competition

RecycleMania recycle-mania-logois a national recycling competition between colleges and universities. It’s a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are ranked based on who recycles the most on a per capita.

National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category.


What is Terracycling?

BODY-recycling-108TerraCycle is a highly awarded, international up-cycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products that it repurposes into affordable, innovative products. TerraCycle is considered the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable, post-consumer waste. A user joins a “brigade” that is a specific set of recyclables, and they begin collecting. Once the collection has reached the specific brigade requirements, the recyclables can be mailed back.

What TU is Collecting: Our “Brigades”

Colgate Oral Care Brigade

  • Toothpaste tubes and caps
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging
  • Floss containers

Personal Care and Beauty

  • Hair care packaging: shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray bottles and triggers, and hair paste plastic jars and caps
  • Skin Care packaging: lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, face lotion bottles, tubes and plastic jars, body wash containers, soap tubes and dispensers, body lotion dispensers and bottles, shaving foam tubes (no cans) and hand lotion bottles and tubes
  • Cosmetics packaging: lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging and bottles, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks and lip liner pencils

E-Waste Brigade

  • Standard cell phones, smart phones and iPhones
  • Digital cameras, camcorders and graphing calculators
  • Select toner cartridges and inkjet cartridges (see attached)
  • iPod devices
  • Laptops, notebooks, e-readers, tablets and iPads

Snack Bag Brigade

  • Family-size snack bags
  • Individual Snack bags
  • Multipack snack bags

Writing Utensils

  • Pens and pen caps
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Markers and marker caps
  • Permanent markers and permanent marker caps

The program currently is in John Mabee Hall, Sorority Row and the Collins Fitness Center.