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Consistent with the University's mission to emphasize environmentally oriented studies, Florida Gulf Coast    University is committed to developing and implementing programs for the collection of recyclable materials and for the reduction of solid waste. The Physical Plant department is the lead unit in this endeavor.

Beginning March 2013, FGCU has implemented a single stream recycling system, following the guidelines of Lee County. That means all recyclables can now be placed in the same bin, without the threat of recyclables contamination. In this comprenhensive effort, every floor of every building on campus has a recycling station consisting of recycling and waster bins side by side. If your area is in need of either bins, please contact the Work Management Center at 590-1370, or


To facilitate what is considered recyclables and waste on campus, two user-friendly posters have been created.

Click here to download the poster of what can be recycled on campus.

Click here to download the poster of what is considered waste on campus.


The following recyclables can now be placed in the same BLUE bins on campus:

Other items that can be recycled off campus:


 Newspaper, Mixed Office Paper, and Cardboard

Mixed office paper is collected in small blue recycling containers in offices and workspaces. These containers are collected for recycling everyday, as needed. If an office bin becomes filled, it can be either be placed outside the office or suite door for collection that night, or be emptied into the larger blue "Slim Jim" recycling bins, located in the nearest copy room.

For large amounts of paper recycling, including phone books, out-dated course schedules, and other pamphlets or brochures, contact the Work Management Center at 590-1370, or A work order will be inputted, and the material will be picked up and stored for recycling.

Several large recycling dumpsters are located on campus, with the two largest dumpsters being behind Howard Hall and the Student Union. The custodial staff will collect all broken down boxes with a bright green “recycle” sticker placed on them, and recycle the boxes in these dumpsters. Contact the Work Management Center at 590-1370, or for "recycle" stickers.


Glass, Aluminum, Steel, and Plastic Containers #1-7

Aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles, and plastic containers marked 1-7 were already commingled with the previous recycling system on campus. Now they can also be commingled with paper recyclables in the same containers. All these products can be placed in the blue bins, Cleartainers, and three-part bins located throughout campus.

Click Herefor a comprehensive list of recyclable and waste items on campus.


Plastic Bags 

Plastic bags cannot be placed in the blue recycling bins, as Lee County does not currently recycle plastic bags. However, the Physical Plant has taken it upon the department to gather plastic bags and take them to Publix, who recycles them at their facility in Lakeland. There is currently only one plastic bag recycling container located on campus, located in the Work Management Center, Campus Support Complex, room 30. If you would be interested in supporting plastic bag recycling in your area, please contact the Work Management Center at 590-1370 or Plastic bags can be taken to local supermarkets for recycling.


If you see any locations that would benefit from a recycling container of any kind, contact the Work Management Center at 590-1370, or, with the location and the type of container requested.