Acceptable Materials

Mason has a number of recycling streams. Each of these streams contain a wide variety of recyclable materials, making the majority of what you use day to day recyclable! Below is a list of what can be recycled in each of the following streams!

Please place all recyclables in appropriate containers.

  • Please be sure all recycled materials (paper, cans, bottles) are clean, dry, and completely empty.
  • Do not place plastic bags, styrofoam cups, dirty food containers, waxy hot beverage disposable cups, cigarettes and packing peanuts into recycling bins. These belong in the trash.
  • For large quantities of materials or to request special pickup, call 703-993-3671.

White Paper
Lined paper

Mixed Paper
Colored paper
Junk mail
Manila/file folders
Coffee cup sleeves
Brown paper bags
Cardboard/paperboard (cereal, cracker, cookies boxes)
Magazines/catalogs/phone books
Paper towel rolls
Post-it notes

Glass, Cans, Plastics –¬†Please rinse before disposing
Aluminum food and beverage containers
Glass food and beverage container (brown, clear, or green)
Steel cans (canned veggies)
Plastics # 1-7 (yogurt containers, soda bottles, coffee cup lids, soda caps, plastic coffee cups)

For cardboard, make sure the box is empty, flatten it, then put it behind, on top of, or next to a cluster of recycling bins.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Please dispose small batteries, chargers, or phones in electronic e-waste collectors located in the Johnson Center. Contact University Surplus to dispose computers, electronics, and office furniture on campus.

Tissues/ Paper Towels/ Napkins
Gift Wrap
FedEx/ Self-Sealing Envelopes
Waxed Lined Food Containers
Any Soiled Containers
Plastic Bags

These items are also recycled at Mason, but do not have collection bins. Recycling and waste management collects these items fromwhere they are produced on an as need basis.

Fluorescent light bulbs
Cooking grease
Fuel Tanks
Car batteries
Engine Oil
Auto parts
Yard debris
Fallen trees
Chipped wood (used as mulch around campus)
Refrigerator coolant

Contact Info

Facilities Customer Service
Phone: 703-993-2525