Frequnetly Asked Questions

What is single stream recycling?

Single stream is defined as all plastic, cardboard, paper, and metal is recycled in the same container. All classroom bins and other bins across campus fit this description, unless otherwise specified.

Can I recycle a bottle if there is liquid still in it?

We ask that you please would remove any liquids before you recycle so that a sorter at the recycling center won't have to. Removing liquids also helps to keep things pure. For instance, soda left in a soda can could leak out onto cardboard and paper, thus ruining the whole batch of recyclables which will then have to be redirected to a landfill.

What if there is still food in a tin can or plastic cup?

Do your best. Recyclables should be at least 95% pure, but they don't need to be "spotless." For example, a quick rinse in the sink should do for most yogurt cups and tin cans. If rinsing isn't available, recycle it anyway! We'll take it.

Where is my recycling processed?

Your recycling is sent to BYU-Idaho's Recycling Center to be sorted, weighed, and transported to third-party buyers.

Can caps and lids be recycled?


Do I need to take the labels off jars and cans?

Absolutely not. It would be a waste of your time to remove these pesky and sticky labels, which are eventually burned off in the recycling process anyway.

If a plastic product doesn't have a recycling logo on it, can it still be recycled?

In most cases, the answer is "yes". We would ask you to look at the Residential Recycling Guidelines found on your garbage bin to confirm that what you have is recyclable.

What unaccepted items are considered to be household hazardous waste?

Household hazardous waste includes lawn/garden-care products, paint and paint-related products (rust remover, paint thinner, etc.), automotive fluids, batteries, beauty products, medicines, and household cleaners. Other miscellaneous items include mercury thermometers, lighter fluid, shoe polish, moth balls, and glue. These different products will usually have signal words like "poison", "danger", "warning", and "caution". If unused, these items cannot be recycled, but should instead be disposed of properly. Rexburg has Hazardous Waste Collection Days to dispose of hazardous materials. Check for more information.

Do I need to crush my cans?

No.  We will accept them either way, crushed or not crushed.