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Recycling Guidelines


  • The Kletz Market, both coffee shops and all concessions use certified compostable to-go food containers, so please put them into the compost bins located throughout the main areas in the Bultman Student Center.  
  • Use reusable containers as much as possible, including reusable bottles/mugs, tupperware, eating utensils, etc. Creative Dining has reusable “green-clamshells” containers that you can bring back for a new, clean container.
  • Rinse food containers before recycling.
  • Leave labels on and discard lids.
  • All campus cottages/apartments participate in the City of Holland recycling program managed by the city’s waste collection vendor. 
  • We offer composting options for our campus cottages. Please submit a work order if you would like a compost container. Find more information about composting on campus.  
  • See below for the full list of “Blue Bin” recyclable items. Blue bins can be found in all administrative/academic buildings and residential halls.

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Blue Bin Recyclable Materials

  • Cardboard/boxboard (breakdown and flatten before recycling)
  • Mixed office paper (white, color, or glossy)
  • Copy paper/fax paper
  • Manila file folders
  • Maps, brochures and telephone books
  • Magazines, catalogs, junk mail, newspaper and inserts
  • Class schedules
  • Paperback books

No hardcover books, paper towel or disposable napkins/Kleenex please. You can rip off and recycle the top of the pizza box if it does not have grease on it.

  • Plastic containers and shopping bags numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7
    • Hint: Look for the number in chasing arrows.
    • No number? It's not recyclable in the blue bin.
    • This includes plastic deli or fast-food containers.
    • This includes grocery bags (but not snack bags).
  • All steel and aluminum containers and small scrap metal

Rinse food containers before recycling and no styrofoam, dirty containers or glass please.