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Recycling on Campus

You see them all over the campus. Recycling bins.  They are in every building, and available for your convenient use.  Please take time to look at the recyclable items shared below, and help by making sure items that can be recycled are put in the proper bins.

GRCC’s waste hauler takes all recyclable materials to the Kent County Recycling and Education Center. Therefore the college follows their guidelines.   Kent County uses single-stream recycling, meaning, glass, metal, plastic and cartons can all go in the same recycling bin.  GRCC has a separate bin for recycling paper.  

Remember, all recyclables should be empty, clean and loose.  And when in doubt, throw it out.

Items that are recycled on campus

Recycling flowchart for landfill, recycle and paper products.

Download the Recycling Guide PDF


  • Anything stringy like cords, cables, hoses or clothing
  • Food
  • Laminated paper/photos/stickers
  • Napkins/toweling
  • Plastic gloves
  • Plastic wrap/sandwich bags
  • Straws/single use plastic utensils

Not sure? Throw it out


  • Aluminum foil
  • Glass bottles and jars - If caps are larger than a milk jug cap you can place the lid in the recycling bin, otherwise toss in the landfill bin. Labels are okay. No light bulbs, mirrors, windows panes, Pyrex or bakeware are accepted.
  • Milk, juice and soup cartons
  • Plastics - #1-7 are recyclable. Caps may be left on. In the Grand Rapids area the types of plastics mentioned above are the only recyclable densities; all others must be discarded as trash. 
  • Steel and aluminum bottles and cans
  • No foam
  • No plastic bags


  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Cold and hot paper cups
  • Flattened cardboard
  • Junk mail and office paper
  • Newspaper and magazines
  • Paper boxes and containers
  • No shredded paper


Look for the black battery recycle containers around campus.

SafeMeds Program

A secure drop box has been installed at Campus Police, located at 25 Lyon St. NE, to anonymously drop off unneeded and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements, pet medicine and medicated ointments and lotions.  Collected items will be properly disposed of.  This program may be used by GRCC students, staff and faculty, making it easy to dispose of medications.

Before placing items in the box, block out all identifying personal information on the prescription label, but do not remove the name of the medication.