Utilities - Sustainability

Items to Recycle

Most grades of paper can go directly into any blue recycling bag on campus. At the campus recycle center we separate paper into two grades. A Sorted Office Pack is mostly white paper; files, blue prints, etc. and is treated as confidential is shredded before it leaves campus. Mixed paper is mostly publications, color paper stock, fiber board, and books, etc. Recycling bags, racks, blue bins & locks can be obtained from Materials Management at no cost, Departments are responsible for putting security locks on the blue recycle bags.

  • For employee safety please do not over fill the blue bags, they should weigh less than 40 pounds.
  • To meet HIPPA Compliance do not stage blue bags in hall ways, call Service Response at 772-4040 to schedule a pickup.
  • We accept already shredded paper in clear plastic bags.
  • For large cleanouts you can check out locked green 30 gallon totes (these have slits on the top and hold three recycle bags) from Republic Services by calling 281-808-2389.

Copy Paper
Lined Paper
Glossy Paper
Post-It Notes
Scratch Paper
Colored Paper
Shredded Paper
Blueprint Paper

File Folders
Envelopes with Labels & Windows
Index & Business Cards
Telephone Books
Junk Mail
Books (remove hard covers)

UTMB receives tons of corrugated cardboard on campus every day. Recycling one ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space and saves hundreds of dollars in waste disposal fees. Help by recycling cardboard the following ways.

  • Flatten your boxes and make sure they are empty. (They take up less space and make it easier for Environmental Services to pick up.)
  • Do not include any packing material such as shrink wrap or "Styrofoam" peanuts.
  • Staples and tape do not need to be removed.

If you have large volumes of cardboard, please call Service Response at 772-4040 schedule a pickup.

UTMB collects all clean plastics 1-7 on campus. The styrofoam is pulled from the plastics and sent to the City of Galveston Eco-Center. Confidential plastics like medicine bottles, compact disk, video tapes, patient ID bags, etc. are shredded before being recycled. All other plastics are comingled and shipped to Houston Recycle Center in a box trailer. Call Service Response at 772-4040 to schedule a pickup.




Polyethylene Terephthalate

Soft drink, water, jelly, peanut butter, & salad dressing bottles

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Milk, water, juice & detergent bottles, 5 gallon buckets,

Vinyl/Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Construction products; pipes & siding

Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

Plastic film items; wraps & bags,
squeezable bottles

Polypropylene (PP)

Durable food containers that are
heat & cold tolerant

Polystyrene (PS)

Styrofoam fast-food packaging & peanuts

Polycarbonate (ABS) & other resins

Ridged beverage & baby bottles,
sunglasses, computer parts

Batteries may contain toxic and/or corrosive materials and must be collected in an environmentally responsible manner. If you generate de-charged, expired or worn-out batteries, begin collecting the batteries for EHS pickup and disposal.
Tape all battery terminal ends you are collecting to prevent contacts from touching and creating a fire. Segregate battery type per container, such as a neat cardboard or plastic box, and label the container appropriately, i.e.: used batteries.
To request a battery pickup and disposal, please fill out the “Chemical Waste Pick-Up Request Form” found online at http://www.utmb.edu/bof/epm/login.asp

Electronic Wastes (E Waste)
Electronic devices such as computers, cell phones, fax machines, wireless devices, and other electronics contain heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. These items should be handled in an environmentally responsible manner.
U TMB has an asset-management program in place for capital electronic items. The information below is provided for how electronic wastes are managed.

  • Any item with a UTMB identification tag must be returned to Inventory through the Surplus Property Warehouse located at Materials Management basement - Useable computers are donated to other state entities.
  • Broken computers and other electrical equipment are collected by Surplus staff for recycling.
  • Please visit http://www.utmb.edu/supplychain/surplus/faq.asp for the “Surplus Equipment Warehouse Form” to be filled out and submitted for Surplus recycling.
  • If your area generates e-waste and does not have a UTMB identification tag you may recycle through EHS.
To request an EHS pickup and disposal, please fill out the “Chemical Waste Pick-Up Request Form” found online at http://www.utmb.edu/bof/epm/input.asp.