Items We Recycle

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Here's a handy dandy printable list of what you can recycle. Most of what we generate every day is recyclable, not trash! (This is an 8.5 x 11 size document) You can print it and hang it near your trash or recycle bin.  small recycling poster.pdf

CONTAINERS: Plastic bottles, cans, cups, glass bottles

Plastic bottles, cans, cups, glass bottles, other 1-7 plastics

These items should be placed  into the slim blue bins and other containers marked for recycling. They should not be bagged. They don't have to be thoroughly washed out first, but please dump out liquids.

Other items recyclable in these bins include:

  • Yogurt cups
  • Butter and hummus tubs
  • Milk and water jugs
  • Juice and milk cartons
  • CLEAR PLASTIC clamshell packaging, food-grade or product packaging type (no food residue)
  • CLEAN aluminum foil (no food residue)
  • Cups can be plastic, paper, or foam. Lids and straws ok. ALL CUPS ON CAMPUS CAN AND SHOULD BE RECYCLED!!!

You do not need to wash the items first. Just make sure any clumps of residue are removed.


Paper includes:recycled books

  • office paper of any color
  • envelopes
  • phone books
  • folders
  • junk mailrecycled magazines
  • magazines
  • newspapers and inserts
  • food boxes (crackers, cereal, etc.)
  • catalogs
  • flyers/brochuresrecycled junk mail
  • books, even those with hard covers, staples, and bindings
  • posters

The only paper NOT accepted: paper plates and paper towels/tissues/napkins.

Students can place paper into any of the blue bins around campus. There are also some blue or green bins marked "paper only" in some classrooms.



MCC is paid by the ton for all paper that is recycled separately from the cans/bottles.

Please place all paper items into the specified paper-only receptacles in your work areas and the recycling team will collect the paper on the scheduled pickup days. If you are going to have a large amount of paper items (i.e. end of semester cleaning, relocating offices, magazine purging, etc.), please contact the recycling team and we will provide you with temporary additional paper-only bins that are sized for lifting and moving around heavy paper.


Shredded paper, confidential documents

EMPLOYEES ONLY: There are secure document destruction bins located at various areas throughout campus. Please place your confidential items into these bins to be shredded by a contracted vendor. If you choose to shred paper yourself, please place all shredded paper into clear plastic bags that are securely tied shut and place them NEAR a recycle bin for collection.

PLEASE NOTE:  This service does not replace the current paper recycling program on campus. Only confidential, sensitive, and secure documents may go into the secure bins for shredding.  All other documents are suitable for recycling in the established manner in your area. Click here for a list of items considered CONFIDENTIAL by MCCCD.  CONFIDENTIAL document list.pdf

Click here for the map with the locations of the secure document destruction bins at Southern/Dobson. MAP secure doc destruction.pdf

The vendor comes to empty the bin every fourth Wednesday at Southern/Dobson.  They are not contracted to come at other times, so if the bin closest to you fills up, you will need to find another bin to use.

The collection dates at Southern/Dobson are:Shredded Paper / Confidential documents

2018: Jan 3, Jan 31, Feb 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 20, July 18, Aug 15, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 7, Dec 5

Bins are located at Red Mountain in the following areas:

  • Palo Verde, 2nd Floor Instructional Support 
  • Desert Willow, 1st Floor by fiscal/HR area
  • Mesquite, 1st Floor behind reception, also in copy room
  • Saguaro, 2nd Floor Instructional Support 

The upcoming collection dates at Red Mountain (every 6th Tuesday) are:

2018: Jan 9, Feb 20, April 3, May 15, June 26, Aug 7, Sept 18, Oct 30, Dec 11

Bins are located at Downtown Center on the 4th floor main reception office area.

The upcoming collection dates at Downtown Center (every 6th Tuesday) are:

2018: Jan 16, Feb 27, Apr 10, May 22, July 3, Aug 14, Sept 25, Nov 6, Dec 18

Please visit the sites for the Maricopa Community College District policies on records retention.

If you have a large bulk pickup that won’t fit in the bins, you will need to get your own departmental PO for vendor PD Shred and contact them directly to request a pickup for $3/cardboard box 480-829-0089.


recycled boxesMCC is paid by the ton for all cardboard that we collect and bale separate from other recycling contents.

All cardboard generated by MCC operations is required to be recycled.

All cardboard boxes should be flattened whenever possible and left near a blue bin for pickup. All packaging materials (bubble wrap, air pillows, foam pieces) or unwanted enclosures (manuals, cords, CDs) can be left inside a non-flattened box and the recycling collectors will sort and recycle everything except the foam and packing peanuts. 

Recycle your pizza boxes as long as there is not food residue present (chunks of cheese, crusts, small cups of dips/dressing). If you have a large amount of pizza boxes from an event, please contact and let us know so we can get them out of the way ASAP for you!

Ink and Toner Cartridges

ink and toner recyledEmployees: The recycling team will pick up small inkjet cartridges during our collection route, so place them near a blue bin or in the collection box available in many department copy areas. The Copy Center or recycling team can collect and recycle the larger toner cartridges.


Employees: WE NO LONGER HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECYCLE PENS/MARKERS/PENCILS. These items must be placed into trash cans.


recycled batteriesMany employee copy areas now have a collection box for batteries and other small recyclable items. There are also collection spots located on some of the recycling bins in the LS building for the students.

Place all batteries in these boxes, including

  • rechargeable batteries (camera, laptop, tools, etc.)
  • lithium ion
  • button batteries
  • 9-volt
  • AAA-D alkaline batteries.

Do NOT bring vehicle batteries to MCC for recycling. Contact an automotive repair shop or battery retailer.

Cell phones/electronics

recycle your cell phone

 Follow for posts about special electronics recycling events in various cities in the valley.

Students: Please recycle cell phones (functional or non-functioning) and accessories in the box in the upper level of the Kirk Center near the elevator. Phones are recycled with Cell Phones for Soldiers.  If you have other electronic items to recycle at home, check your city's solid waste or recycling website to find out about electronic recycling in your area. 

Employees: Cell phones and other electronic items generated through MCC operations and employee use must be recycled.

This includes:

  • keyboards
  • mouse
  • cords/wires
  • drives (hard, external, zip, etc.)
  • cell phones and accessories (donated to recylcing
  • items with cords (fans, microwaves, toasters, etc.)
  • cameras and accessories
  • calculators
  • remote controls
  • miscellaneous computer components
  • typewriters
  • clocks/timers
  • speakers
  • power tools
  • printers and faxes (contact Copy Center to pick these up if they have a Copy Center sticker on them)

Check large items for college surplus tags; if a tag is present, those must be disposed of via the Property Accounting Department.  Otherwise, you can place items into the small box located in many copy rooms, or give them to a recycling collector. If you have an item that you are not sure about, just contact and ask.

Office Supplies

recycle old office suppliesEmployees only: Instead of throwing out your unneeded office supplies, give them to the Recycling Team for our office supply redistribution program. We offer the items to other departments at MCC to help everyone cut down on the cost of buying supplies. This also helps reduce landfill costs, packaging waste, and shipping fuel emissions that result from buying new products. We keep an inventory of items donated to the program, and since 2010 over $40,000 in supplies were donated and redistributed for MCC operations.

The supply giveaways (FOR EMPLOYEES ONLY) are usually held once each month and are announced via the Intranet. You are welcome to contact the Recycling Team anytime at to inquire about available items or arrange a visit for a new employee.

If you have items to donate to the redistribution program, please give them to a recycling collector. Due to space restrictions, only Southern/Dobson employees can contribute, however employees from any MCC location are welcome to stop by and 'shop'.

Items frequently available in the giveaways include:

  • 3 ring binders (many colors and sizes)
  • folders and hanging folders
  • sheet protectors
  • tabbed dividers
  • desk trays and accessories
  • scissors, tape dispensers, staplers, hole punches
  • CD/DVD cases
  • report covers

CDs and other media

recycle videos      

Employees: CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks, as well as VHS and audio cassette tapes, can be recycled in the boxes in many copy rooms, or just give them (in a box or bag) to the recycling collectors. 

Light Bulbs

recycle light bulbs

Bulbs are a Universal Waste that is regulated by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, among other places. Many bulbs contain mercury and other chemical wastes which are strictly regulated with regard to disposal. Bulbs are one of few items that we must pay to have recycled. For this reason, only bulbs generated at MCC facilities can be recycled by MCC, and only by the M&O employees. They have a designated area where spent bulbs are labeled and safely stored for recycling. Bulbs left in any other types of recycling bins or boxes will not be accepted.

If you have CFL bulbs for recycling at home, you can visit  for information about how and where to recycle them in your area.


metal is recyclableEmployees: If you have large heavy pieces of metal, please contact M&O and they will pick up your items and take them to our scrap metal area. Other smaller metal waste can be given to a recycling collector.

Students: can recycle metal such as food and drink cans in the blue recycling bins around campus.


recycle auto tiresTires are used at MCC under various circumstances, such as automotive training, fleet operations (both street automobiles and electric carts), and landscape/agricultural operations.  Due to state regulations requiring specialized fire control access routes, fire extinguisher placement, and safety signage, MCC is not registered or permitted to accumulate waste tires on site for disposal. When a new tire is being purchased, the purchaser will pay the vendor’s disposal fee in order for the vendor to immediately take and legally dispose of the used tire.

Other Miscellaneous Plastics        

     bubble wrap is recyclable     recycle bubble wrap

The following items can be recycled at MCC by employees, but NOT in the blue bins or barrels. Keep your plastic bags and wraps separate near a blue bin for the MCC collectors and they will take them. 

This includes:

  • shrink wrap
  • bubble wrap
  • air pillows
  • wrappers from cases of water bottles
  • grocery store bags

You can leave us grocery bags to recycle, but how about dropping them off at a neighborhood dog park to be reused instead? Don't forget to take reusable bags when you shop to avoid the plastic bag waste in the first place!