There are countless ways to get involved with our team. UW Recycling staff are available between 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. If you’re holding an event or program on campus and would like to see if we could get involved, we are always open to invitations!

If you’re interested in learning more about recycling and waste on the UW campus, take our online trainings:

Trash Talks Free presentations to answer your waste questions

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UW Recycling offers presentations on waste known as Trash Talks for UW groups. These presentations go over waste diversion and answer questions about sorting responsibly (including what happens to recyclables once they’re put in the bin). Trash Talks can be conducted virtually or on-site at the Seattle campus. The duration of the presentation is flexible and can be tailored to your group’s needs.

In the classroom, class projects or research We’re happy to provide assistance on any project. Just ask!

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Previous projects include:

  • Creating specialized lectures for classes
  • Acting as subject matter expertise and information on articles and projects
  • Providing data for research projects about campus waste
  • Leading educational activities for on-campus summer camps

In your building We’ll guide you through installations and signage in your building.

person affixing a label to a recycling container indoors

For planning new buildings and renovated spaces, review the UW Facilities Design Standard. Contact us if you need guidance for any of the following:

  • waste and recycling space evaluations
  • signs and labels (you can also print UW waste sorting signage here)

Off-campus tours We’ll connect with local waste organizations to provide educational tours.

group of students in an greenhouse at uw farm

We work with vendors and local organizations to provide off-campus educational tours of our local waste system. Past tour destinations include the Cascade Recycling Center, Cedar Grove Composting, Seattle North Transfer Station, Sound Sustainable Farms, Styro Recycle and University District Food Bank Rooftop Roots.

Volunteer opportunities Want to help reduce waste at the UW?

students sorting waste beneath a portable canopy tent at a trash-in event

There’s always something to do! If you, your team or student group are interested in opportunities, please reach out. Opportunities include recycling outreach during Husky Football games and assisting with campus waste outreach events.