Recycling at NKU

The following items can be recycled at any recycling receptacle on campus:

  • Aluminum cans
  • All plastics 1-7 (okay to leave lids on plastic bottles)
  • Glass bottles (okay to leave lids on)
  • Newspaper, loose leaf paper, books, magazines 
  • Cardboard 

The following items can NOT be recycling on campus and must be landfilled: 

  • Dirty recyclables (such as greasy pizza boxes)
  • Food and other organic products 
  • Food wrappers
  • Paper cups (such as those from Starbucks, which have a plastic lining)
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags or utensils 



Why is recycling batteries important? 

Batteries contain hazardous materials such as lead and mercury and when they corrode can leak these materials into the environment. It is especially damaging to the environment to bury batteries, therefore it is recommended to use a reputable recycler to dispose of all used batteries. 


Where can I recycle batteries on campus? 

There are four convenient locations on campus where you can recycle your used batteries:

  • University Center (UC)
  • Student Union (SU)
  • Callahan Hall
  • Norse Commons

What do I do if the battery recycling boxes are full?

If you see that the boxes are nearing capacity and have batteries that you would like to recycle, please submit a service request to have the boxes emptired by our staff. 



Goal: Demonstrate responsible stewardship of natural resources 

Strategy: Reduce waste sent to landfills

At NKU, we believe that each member of our campus community has a role to play in our efforts to build and operate an environmentally sustainable university.

Recycling is one simple action each member of our campus community can take to help the University achieve its goal of responsible stewardship of natural resources. If you walk around campus, you might notice that trash and recycling bins come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes - this makes recycling confusing! 

Read below about our new recycling pilot program in the Mathematics-Education-Psychology Center (MEP). This program has been implemented in an effort to simplify the recycling process and increase waste diversion rates over time.