Waste and Recycling

Waste and Recycling at UMB

At UMB, we employ a dual-stream recycling program with receptacles in offices, departments, kitchens, and lab and common areas. Bins designated for paper accept clean mixed paper and flattened cardboard. Non-paper bins take mixed recycling such as plastic bottles, jugs, and tubs; aluminum cans and foil; and steel/tin cans and containers. UMB's waste hauler currently does not accept glass for recycling.

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.

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.