What to Recycle

Faculty and Staff

To recycle university electronics:

Call Surplus Property to recycle electronics with property stickers and purchased with university funds.

Acceptable Materials: computers│cell phones│cords│wires│DVDs│CDs│VHS│floppy disks hard drives│batteries│film│slide carousels│toner and ink cartridges

Community Members

Properly dispose of electronics, appliances, and confidential documents at an Electronics Recycling and Document Shredding Event hosted by the East Alabama Recycling Partnership and Keep Opelika Beautiful. Since 2009, event participants have recycled nearly 105 tons of electronics and over 34 tons of confidential documents.

Acceptable Materials

  • Electronics: computers, CPUs, laptops, monitors, cell phones, telephones/telephone systems, printers, copiers, fax machines, office equipment, banking/financial/medical equipment, electronic circuit boards, games, stereo equipment, PDAs, rechargeable batteries, televisions
  • Appliances: refrigerators, air conditioning units, stoves, washers, dryers, hot water heaters
  • Confidential Documents: mobile, on site shredding truck will accept up to 10 boxes of documents per vehicle
  • Food Bank of East Alabama: donations in the form of cash or nonperishable food items accepted 

The East Alabama Recycling Partnership (EARP) is represented by solid waste management professionals from Auburn University, Lee County, and the cities of Auburn and Opelika. The vision of the partnership is to establish a comprehensive and coordinated regional recycling program to divert materials from landfills. Sharing ideas and resources have enhanced the partner's recycling programs and provides a strong foundation for the future. EARP has received grants from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) totaling nearly $1 million for equipment and materials.


The Waste Reduction and Recycling Department (WRRD) works with Campus Mail Services to offer toner and ink cartridge recycling to university departments. 

Please follow these steps to recycle your toner and ink cartridges:

  1. Toner & ink cartridge recycling bins are located throughout campus. Click here to see a list of buildings containing a bin designated for toner and ink cartridges only.
  2. Buildings that do not have a designated bin can easily recycle toner and ink cartridges through Mail Services. Please follow these instructions:
    • Place toner and ink cartridges in original box or packaging.
    • Write “Recycle” on the box.
    • Place box in campus mail.
    • Do not send more than 3 toner or ink cartridges through Mail Services a day.

Clean-Out Guide 1

Clean-Out Guide 2


Last Updated: June 10, 2021