Recycling and Waste Management

Recycling at Loyola is easy and convenient. Loyola uses “single-stream” recycling, meaning mixed paper, plastics #1–5 & 7, aluminum/foil items, and glass are collected separately from other solid waste items. Simply place recyclable items in the convenient recycling bins located throughout campus.

The waste bins are serviced by housekeeping staff and taken to dumpsters located at loading dock locations. Waste from the Maywood campus is then hauled to facilities where additional sorting takes place before it is bulked to be sold as a recyclable commodity or transported to the landfill.

Due to the nature of the Health Science Campus, special wastes are also created including biohazardous waste as well as chemical waste. These each must be managed appropriately. Biohazardous waste should be red bagged, autoclaved when appropriate and disposed of in appropriate red bin containers. Such waste, as defined by the Center for Disease Control is waste that represent a sufficient potential risk of causing infection during handling and disposal and for which some precautions likely are prudent. Health-care facility medical wastes targeted for handling and disposal precautions include microbiology laboratory waste (e.g., microbiologic cultures and stocks of microorganisms), pathology and anatomy waste, blood specimens from clinics and laboratories, blood products, and other body-fluid specimens. Learn more from the CDC.

Laboratory chemical waste at HSD should be segregated by chemical hazard class and then disposed of by our contracted third party chemical waste hauler, Clean Harbors Inc. Contact the HSD biosafety officer for more information.

Both biohazardous and chemical waste are necessary, but expensive, to specially dispose of. If you have questions regarding the waste stream for any material please work with the biosafety officer to confirm that the product must be disposed of as a special waste and cannot be recycled or landfilled.

Electronics which have a Loyola asset tag will be recycled or properly disposed of by the Educational Technologies group. To properly dispose of large items, submit a work order request and we will work with you to properly dispose of the item. For small personal electronics, see the options listed below.

Batteries are collected for recycling by our waste hauler. There are multiple collection containers located across the campus. Compact Florescent and Florescent Bulbs are also collected by our waste hauler. Submit a work order to have bulbs replaced and the old ones will be properly recycled.

Through education, Loyola is making great strides to conserve resources thereby reducing the university’s impact on the environment.

The University's recycling program is managed by the Facilities Management Department. They partner with Office of Sustainability and University Marketing and Communications to reach out across the campus to ensure we reduce what we are sending to the landfill.

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Although not collected in our single-stream system, you can recycle items such as plastic bags, Styrofoam, and electronics yourself. Consider collecting these items within your department to be delivered to these sites.

  • Plastic bags and film – Collected at most groceries and pharmacies. Nearby drop off locations include Aldi, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens.
  • Expired medications – Collected at many pharmacies and police stations. Nearby drop off locations include Walgreens.
  • Small electronics – These items are collected at Loyola’s Lakeside Campuses in the Digital Media Labs for recycling. There are occasional community collection events so follow your communities’ monthly newsletter to find out when the next one is.
  • Organic Wastes / Composting – While dining services does take steps to reduce their food waste, we do not have a public composting program at HSD. Some communities (Oak Park, River Forest) have compost collection. For others, you can contract a separate pick up service for organics (food waste, landscape materials) with companies such as Collective Resource or the Resource Center.
  • Styrofoam and other packing materials – Many shipping companies will accept clean, usable packing materials, including packing “peanuts” and air “pillows” for free. Nearby drop off is The UPS Store.

Know of other hard-to-recycle items that should be added to this list? Please email sustainability@luc.edu to suggest additions to this list.

Composting at HSC

Loyola doesn’t have a public composting program at Maywood but reduction of food waste and recycling of organic waste does take place. In Loyola Dining, operated by HandCut Foods, an organics digester is operated to reduce organic waste on-site. This acts to break down food waste into a composted slurry which is then deposited into the sewer system to be fully composted as part of the sewage treatment system at the Water Reclamation District. This keeps almost 1,000 pounds of organic waste out of the landfill each month.