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The University Libraries encourages full recycling practice on and off campus. You will find recycle bins throughout the Libraries.


  • Reduce: Waste less, buy less, use less. Switch off the lights, take shorter showers, compost, use low-flow toilets, install programmable thermostats, carpool, use the bus.

  • Reuse: Find ways to reuse items. Print on both sides of paper. Use discarded computer printouts for scrap notes. Use travel mugs and water bottles. Check out garage sales. Buy a used car. Make repairs. Donate to charities. Use your own bags when shopping.

  • Recycle: Deposit used glass bottles, cans, plastics and paper-based items in recycle bins. Buy products with a high post-consumer content. CU Recycling bins are strategically placed throughout the University Libraries. Please use them for their designated purposes.

Norlin Library: Recycle Bins
Recycle bins located near the main east entrance of Norlin Library. More are located throughout the Libraries.
Paper, co-mingled containers, cell phones, batteries and trash.


Recycling facts indicate you can make a difference.

For campus wide suggestions and input to conserve energy and reduce waste, cal the Energy Conservation Hotline: 303-735-6202.


  • CDs
  • CFLs
  • Libraries Recycle

CU Recycling accepts both CDs and CD hard plastic cases from campus departments for recycling. They mail them away to a company called Greendisk in Georgia, which grinds up the materials for recycling. You can put your items into a campus mailing envelope (or small sealed box) and send them to CU Recycling, 209 UCB.


For more information, visit CU Recycling / Environmental Center.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) save energy but contain mercury and need to be disposed of properly.


CFLs generated at home need to be taken to the local county household hazardous waste collection site, or alternatively there are a few stores now that manage collection sites - these can be found at recycleabulb.com 


CFLs generated on campus: The recycling of fluorescent bulbs and CFLs is a joint effort by Facilities Management (FacMan) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). FacMan collects all of the fluorescent bulbs/CFLs they routinely replace, and also manages the main recycling effort on campus for fluorescent bulbs. 


CFLs can present a problem for collection and recycling because many times it is the end user that is replacing the bulb, which prevents the immediate transportation to the collection facility.


EH&S collects the bulbs generated in the laboratories from equipment and such, and will also collect the CFLs from offices that contact us at 2-7845. Please store the bulbs in their original packaging or other sturdy packaging to prevent breakage. Also please note that EH&S must only collect CFLs generated as a result of University business. 


EH&S covers this topic in their hazardous waste generators' guide, page 11: http://www.colorado.edu/ehs/PDF/HWGenGuide.pdf

CU Recycling bins are strategically placed throughout the University Libraries. Please use them for their designated purposes.


From July 1999 to June 2000, Norlin Library recycled:

  • 88,037 pounds paper
  • 4,545 pounds commingled containers

By recycling, Norlin Library helped save:

  • 748 40-foot fir trees
  • 2,641 pounds of air pollutants
  • 180,563 kilowatt hours of electricity
  • 138.9 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 883.6 gallons of gasoline
  • 308,128 gallons of water
Recycling: Bring Your Own Bag > The petroluem used in 14 plastic bags can drive a car for 1 mile.