Current Topics

The topics below are of current interest to the Waste Reduction and Recycling Program.


RecycleMania is a nationwide, collegiate competition to judge which school recycles the most and wastes the least. We recycle, Stanford wins! Stanford University has participated in RecycleMania since 2007.

Waste Audits

Learn about and volunteer for our waste audits. Throughout the year, we sort through the materials placed in the garbage dumpster to learn about the contents of our landfill waste and the habits of building occupants.

Expanded Plastics Recycling

We now accept all plastic containers in bottle and can recycling bins. We still do not accept polystyrene (#6 or styrofoam). Click here for a list of acceptable and non-acceptable plastics.

New Recycling Labels

Download our new recycling labels. New and updated recycling and garbage labels were created in 2010, thanks to Michael Turri, Purrin Phanichphant, and the Stanford Green Fund. These will be placed on over 5000 bins in the next 18 months. Feel free to use the labels to educate the campus community on what is acceptable and not acceptable in the recycling and composting programs.

Videos and Articles

These videos and articles provide current information on waste reduction and recycling programs around the world.

Environmental Benefits to Recycling

There are many benefits to recycling including economical, environmental and social benefits. Find how Stanford's recycling program helps the environment.

Zero Waste Presentations

We would be happy to come to your group or staff meeting to discuss waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting at Stanford and beyond. Contact Julie Muir at