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What do we do with cardboard?

I have gotten this question “What do I do with cardboard?” so I thought a blog would probably help others that have the same question!New Waste Station Containers

Every new waste station across Main Campus and the Health Science Campus has 4 recycling bins and 1 landfill bin. But what about cardboard? Cardboard is handled the same as in the past and instructions can always be found here.

Steps to Recycle Your Cardboard:

1. Flatten your empty boxes.
This makes it easier for us to handle, easier to bale it, and allows us to make less frequent stops (i.e. saves money)

2. If you only have 1 or 2 boxes, place your flattened cardboard in the hallway at the end of the day the Environmental Services staff will pick it up when they service your area.

3. If you have more than 2 boxes, please take your flattened cardboard to the collection area at the loading dock/ dumpster area for your building.

  • If your building has a baler: Place your cardboard with the rest of the cardboard near the baler. Building staff will bale it and then Rocket Recycling will pick up the bales.
  • If your building uses a collection bin: If your building has a wooden or plastic crate for cardboard, please place your flattened cardboard in the bin.

If you are unsure of how to handle recycling cardboard at your building, contact SEED at Thanks for recycling!

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is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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The University of Toledo’s SEED Initiative, housed within but not limited to Facilities & Construction, focuses on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Design to ensure the University is operating in a manner that betters our neighbors, economy, and planet. Through environmental sustainability projects, energy conservation measures, innovative building renovation and design, and a comprehensive educational campaign, SEED commits itself to leaving behind a better planet than when we started.

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