Waste and Recycling

Waste and Recycling at UMB

At UMB, we employ a dual-stream recycling program. Our waste container infrastructure and signage is being reassessed, so we thank you for your patience and understanding. In general, use the blue containers on campus for recycling and the gray or black containers for trash.

In the Paper/Cardboard Bins

  • Office paper
  • Computer printouts
  • Books (including paperbacks, textbooks, and hardbacks)
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Envelopes
  • Hot beverage sleeves
  • Brown paper bags
  • Flattened cardboard and paperboard boxes
    • Please put these items BESIDE/BEHIND the bins due to their large size
    • If you need a box cutter to be able to break down your boxes more easily, please contact sustainability@umaryland.edu

In the Mixed Plastics, Metal, and Glass Bins

  • Rigid plastics (including jugs, bottles, and tubs)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Clean aluminum foil
  • Tin cans
  • Steel containers
  • Glass bottles (unbroken)
  • Milk and juice cartons

Commonly Confused Items that Belong in the Trash

  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic wrap, plastic grocery bags*, and Ziploc bags
  • Chip bags and candy wrappers
  • Condiment packs
  • Pizza boxes with grease-soaked cardboard
  • Anything with food or beverage in it – these items must be emptied and cleaned
  • Plastic straws and utensils
  • Disposable hot coffee cups
  • Tissues, paper towels, and napkins
  • Aerosol cans
  • Packing peanuts and bubble wrap
  • Batteries – these can be recycled through specialty recycling/chemical waste pickup
  • Receipts

When in doubt...throw it out!

Questions about an item not listed above? Email sustainability@umaryland.edu.

*Please do not place plastic bags in recycling bins, as these can tangle up sorting equipment at the recycling facilities. Baltimore County has a great short video on these so-called tanglers called Tangled Up! Watch it on YouTube here.

Waste and Recycling in Baltimore City

The city of Baltimore is currently conducting a master planning effort to identify options for improving solid waste diversion, recycling, and disposal in the city. The city is committed to developing a master plan (the Less Waste, Better Baltimore plan) that outlines a clear and realistic future vision for improving the city’s solid waste recycling program and operations, over both the near term and long term, with the goal of maximizing waste reduction, reuse/repair, recycling, and sustainable management of materials. 

Read the Less Waste, Better Baltimore plan and learn more about waste and recycling in the city by visiting the Baltimore City Department of Public Works website.