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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