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Move-in Recycling in the Residence Halls

Each August, students flood back into Stillwater and move into the Residence Halls at Oklahoma State University. The good news is that they recycle their cardboard packaging! In the past, we have also been able to recycle Styrofoam, but unfortunately we have not have a viable Styrofoam recycling option in recent years. These materials are historically the largest contributors of waste during move-in. Thanks to the collaboration between Housing & Residential Life and Facilities Management, most of the cardboard is captured and recycled. None of this could happen without the help of ACTIVATE residents who volunteer during Main Move-in, when nearly 5,000 residents return to campus.

For maps of all recycling areas in residential life during move-in click here.

In 2013 and 2014, we collected more than 8 tons of cardboard each year through move-in recycling! In 2015, roll-off containers were added and we collected over 25 tons of cardboard. Since then approximately 30 tons cardboard have been collected and recycled annually through the program.

Each year, green cardboard dumpsters, large blue roll-off dumpsters, and ResLife Recycles blue single-stream dumpsters are located near refuse dumpsters around the residence halls. Residents can place their cardboard in any of the different containers for recycling. Student volunteers are stationed during the busiest day of move-in, (early move-in and main move-in) at each of these locations to inform students and their families about the recycling program and to assist them in breaking down their boxes.  

The Office of Sustainability is very excited to be a part of this program, and we hope it will continue to grow and be a success in future years.      



Only cardboard should be placed in the green recycling dumpsters and blue cardboard roll-offs during move-in this year so that the material can be recycled. 


As usual, all recyclables can be put into the blue single-stream dumpsters used for ResLife Recycling. Students may place move-in cardboard among aluminum cans, paper, and plastic bottles in these blue dumpsters. See more details on what can and cannot be recycled through ResLife Recycles here.


Move-in 2012 was a mess without recycling options! Now every year we hope to keep it clean and green by providing residents with the ability to recycle their cardboard packaging!