The following materials are accepted by UW Recycling for a self-serve recycling program. Custodians are not responsible for transporting these materials:

  • Packing peanuts
  • Rigid Styrofoam and polystyrene blocks/boxes
  • LDPE #4 foam

What is acceptable


  1. All materials must be clean, empty and bagged separately (otherwise they will be discarded as garbage). This means no tape, labels, ice packs, paper, etc.
  2. Collect separately in your own clear bags.
  3. Tie off full bags securely and label them with your department’s name and box number.
  4. Place bags next to recycling containers at building’s loading dock or service area.
  5. Do not block doors or walkways.
  6. After bags have been placed at the dock, email Materials will be collected during the next regularly scheduled stop at your building.

Large volumes

UW Recycling provides large clear bags to collect packing peanuts, Styrofoam/polystyrene blocks and boxes for most campus locations. Contact UW Recycling if you would like to establish a packing peanut or Styrofoam collection container, or an internal bag distribution location. You can also order styrofoam collection bags online.

Buildings with internal bag distribution sites:

Location Instructional Sign

Magnuson Health Sciences Center

Labratory Services
Room T-276

Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building

MolES Admin Office

North Foege Building

Bioengineering Office or 206-543-4508

South Foege Building

Genome Sciences Facilities
206-543-8948 or 206-543-5926

UW Tower

UW Tower Mail & Receiving