Recycling on Campus

Single-Stream Recycling on Campus

Single-stream recycling or “mixed recycling,” means all the recycling can be placed together in the same recycling bin. It doesn’t have to be separated. Mines recycles a wide variety of materials. Items used for food can get a quick rinse. Lids can stay on plastic bottles. 

There are 5 key items we recycle:

  • METALS (soup and soda cans)
  • GLASS (soda and drink bottles)


Material is collected in Single Stream containers placed in most buildings throughout the campus. Republic Services is the primary waste and recycling hauler. Their trucks take the campus recycling to the All Together Recycling Center in Denver. See below for guidelines regarding single-stream recycling at Mines. All Together has stated they have new equipment that allows them to take some previously unacceptable items such as #6 block styrofoam and Starbuck coffee cups, lids, and sleeves.


 Other materials including chemicals, batteries, and toner cartridges are handled by The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department. Call 303.273.3316 with questions. You can also submit a workorder at 

For off campus recycling for items such as paint and oil, mattresses, and other items, visit the City of Golden recycling and disposal locations guide or visit one of the sections below.

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Recycling Guide

Acceptable Items
  • Paper
  • Plastics 1-7
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Magazines
  • Phone Books
  • Newspapers
  • Plastic Tubs (clean)
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Tins Steel Cans
  • EMPTY Aerosol Cans
  • Paperboard

Currently, Republic Services contracts with Alpine Waste to provide the Altogether Recycling Program on the Mines campus. To see written guidelines for recycling with Alpine waste, see their In-Depth Altogether Recycling Program flyer.

Unacceptable Items
  • Food Items (some contaminated items are acceptable)
  • Plastic Bags
  • Fabrics
  • Camera Films
  • Styrofoams



Alkaline batteries can be thrown in the trash. They are no longer made with mercury and it’s safer to dispose of them in the trash than to collect them, which poses a fire hazard.  Consider switching to rechargeable batteries instead of one-use batteries!

For more details, visit the CDPHE webpage on recycling of Alkaline batteries.

CO recyclers don’t recycle alkaline batteries. You can purchase flame retardant alkaline battery recycling boxes from Call2Recycle.

Lead Acid, Ni-Cd, and lithium batteries

Ni-Cd, lead acid, and lithium batteries are considered hazardous waste. Contact EHS office for information about how to dispose of these items. You may also take them to a battery drop off site listed below.

Rooney Road Recycling Center Ni-Cd, lead acid, lithium  batteries, Drop-off or pick up by appointment only. (303) 316-6262 (Small co-pay charged) 151 South Rooney Rd., Jefferson Co.

Staples Rechargeable batteries, (303) 278-4258

SustainAbility (Ni-Cd, lead acid, and lithium)

16630 West Colfax, Golden

Arvada, CO



The City of Golden lists locations for taking hard to recycle items like cell phones, appliances, and more at

E-Waste Recycling

E-Waste is any electrical or electronic appliance that becomes obsolete or no longer works and needs to be discarded. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment states that e-waste CANNOT be disposed of in landfills in Colorado. E-waste contains heavy metals like lead and mercury and other harmful constituents that have the potential to contaminate soil and groundwater if not managed and disposed of properly.

E-waste includes

  • Computers
  • Televisions
  • Washing machines
  • Refrigerators
  • Cell phones
  • Video Games
  • Electric Irons
  • Fans
  • CFL tubelights

Recycling e-waste on campus

The Mines EHS office ensures all university owned electronics are disposed of responsibly, following the industry standards for sustainability. In fact, 100 percent of university owned surplus electronics are diverted from landfill by staff. For more information, contact Lauren Poole, Sustainability Coordinator, at

Recycling e-waste off campus

Electronic Waste
Computers, monitors, TV’s, microwaves, electronics, etc. Electronic waste is now classified by Colorado Law as a hazardous waste. Waste haulers will not accept these items in the trash and may charge a fee for separate pick up.
Service Center Directions
Rooney Road Recycling Center Drop-off or pick up by appointment only (303) 316-6262
(A per item fee is charged to cover the cost of disposal)
151 South Rooney Rd., Jefferson Co.
Action Recycling (303) 424-1600 7610 W. 42nd Ave., Wheat Ridge
Staples (303) 278-4258 Free recycling of desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, shredders, UPS devices, computer peripherals, and small office electronics such as mobile phones, GPS, and digital cameras. Cannot accept televisions, appliances, floor model copiers, stereo equipment, alkaline batteries, and certain other household electronics. Limit of 6 items per customer per day. 16630 West Colfax, Golden
Best Buy accepts TV and video components (tube TVs up to 32″ only), computers & tablets, cell phones & radios, appliances (vacuums & fans only), ink & toner, rechargeable batteries (no alkaline), audio, music, & movies, video games & gadgets, cameras & camcorders, car audio, video & gps units. 1400 Denver West Blvd, Lakewood
Lab Recycling

Mines is currently recycling nitrile gloves, plastic pipette boxes and trays (#5) and block styrofoam. Talk to Lynn in the chem store for more details.

Toner Cartridges

If disposing of toner cartridges, submit a work order to Facilities Management for pick up and proper disposal.

Keurig Coffee Pods and Cups

Keurig coffee pods. Use a reusable filter or opt for one of these sustainable alternatives to k-cup recommendations from the Sierra Club. Most are compatible with Keurig brewers.