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Clarkson Recycles

Yes! (What can I recycle?)


  • Bottles and jars
  • Clear (flint)
  • Green (emerald)
  • Brown (amber)


  • “Tin” food cans
    Aluminum cans, foil and pans
  • Aerosol spray cans (spent)
    Bottles and jar caps and lids
    Other small metal items


  • Pourable (not open-mouthed) plastic bottles and jugs
    Look for a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 on the bottom

Paper and Cardboard

  • Newspapers and inserts
    Magazines and catalogs
    Paper grocery bags
    “Junk mail” and envelopes
    Computer and office paper
  • Books and publications, including phone books and paperbacks (no hardcovers)
  • Cereal boxes and other food boxes
  • Text books can either be sold back to the University Bookstore or donated to a charity.  Look for bins around campus for textbook recycling.

Computers and monitors: Please call the HelpDesk at 268-4357 and arrange for pick up.

Other communication or entertainment devices: For almost all communication or entertainment devices (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, fax machines, telephones, keyboards, mouses, cables, speakers, etc.), please place a work order with Facilities and Services.

Fluorescent tubes: Please give to your building custodian.

Batteries: All batteries can now be given to your building custodian for recycling or placed in the battery recycling containers located in some buildings.

Packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and pillows: Shipping & Receiving is now collecting and reusing all packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and pillows.  For small quantities, leave in shipping box or put in plastic bag.  Mail delivery personnel can pick it up during mail runs.  For larger quantities, either drop the material off at Shipping & Receiving in the Physical Plant building (adjacent to Walker Center) or call 315-268-6543 for pick up.

Ink cartridges: Recycling Canon ink cartridges. Recycle HP ink cartridges. Another option is the drop box at the P&C grocery store on Market St. Used ink jet cartridges and cell phones can be left in the vestibule box there to benefit the Red Cross. There is also a drop box in the Potsdam Library.

What do I trash?

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