PFD Miami

With programs for composting and recycling special items, as well as Zero Waste Athletic Events, Miami's recycling and solid waste reduction efforts have come a long way since becoming part of campus operations in 1989.

Single Stream Recycling

Single stream recycling began on campus in 2012.

It's up to you. Whether on Miami’s grounds or in any of our buildings or stadiums, everyone is responsible to transport their waste to collection bins (or tray returns) and dispose of it properly. Recycling bins on campus are blue, and indoor bins typically have a decal as shown.

Single stream recycling is easy! Put plastics (except bags and films), clean cardboard, dry paper, metal and glass all together in a blue recycling bin.

Although the rules are the same across campus, students in residence generate more types of recycling (like detergent bottles and milk cartons).

Tips and details are shown on this poster and list.

Special Recycling

Do you live off campus, or have any of the following items to dispose of on campus?

  • Plastic shopping bags: Plastic bags are collected at Kroger and Walmart for recycling. Do not use them or include them in regular recycling because they damage downstream processing equipment.
  • Confidential materials: Complete a PFD service request for pick-up, or drop off at Shredfest.
  • Computers: Complete an IT service request for pick-up of university property. The Miami Bookstore provides credit for some brands of personally-owned computers.
  • Cell phones: The Miami Bookstore collects functioning, as well as broken cell phones, chargers and cables for recycling, and they provide credit for specific brands. You will need to sign a release form acknowledging your responsibility to remove personal data before recycling. (Google: prepare a cell phone for recycling)
  • Batteries: All battery types are accepted (including computer and watch batteries). Tape over both terminals of 9 volt batteries, and the positive (+) terminal of other batteries, and take to a collection bin.
  • Toners and Ink Cartridges: Several do-it-yourself mail-back programs are available to recycle toners and ink cartridges. HP has a Mail it in" process, Xerox branded products has a Green World Alliance program and Ricoh Lanier has a Package Takeback Program. Smaller Inkjet cartridges will also be collected at the following locations on campus by the student organization Theta Tau. Below is a picture of the receptacles. If you see that one of these are full, please contact Collection Locations:
    • Benton Hall (Lobby above The Miami Student)
    • King Library
    • Armstrong Student Center
  • Coffee grounds from office coffee pots: The Green Team helps employee-volunteers start and maintain a program to collect their office coffee grounds for composting.
  • Usable, unneeded items: Purchasing coordinates surplus property auction(s) for university property. ShareFest picks up personal property on and off campus at the end of the academic year.