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Miami Dade College Recycling Program


The College recycles office paper and cardboard.
Acceptable items include white paper, colored paper, computer paper, coated paper, magazines, manila folders, manila envelopes, newspaper, "junk" mail, envelopes with or without cellophane, cereal box cardboard (without plastic bag). Items should be placed in blue recycling bins in offices.

In addition cardboard is recyclable. Break down boxes and place near recycling containers.

The College recycles beverage containers.
Acceptable items include plastic water bottles, plastic juice bottles, aluminum cans. Please place used, empty bottles in appropriate bins around the campuses.

Computers and Electronics -
Personal electronics -
to find the most responsible recyclers go to

Links to Local Recycling of other items:

Batteries: Contact

Foam packing peanuts -

Ink/toner cartridges: Staples Office Supply gives credit towards future product purchases.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL): Throwing CFL's in the trash is not a good idea. They contain a small amount of mercury - approximately 3-5 milligrams. It's a tiny amount, about the size of the very tip of a ballpoint pen and far less than what is present in a watch battery, but we don't want that in our environment.

1) Take them to your local Home Depot store. Home Depot will recycle them for free. or
2) Take them to your local IDEA store for recycling: 3) You can also order a Sylvania RecyclePak:
EPA information about CFL recycling:

Oil -find used motor oil hotlines for each state:

Cell Phones: Earth Ethics Institute collects used cell phones and proceeds from these phones fund student programming. 

Appliances: Many stores will recycle your old appliance  when you purchase a new one. Goodwill accepts working appliances. Go to or you can contact the Steel Recycling Institute to recycle them at

Athletic Shoes: One World Running will send still-wearable shoes to athletes in need in Africa, Latin America, and Haiti: Nike's Reuse-a-shoe program turns old shoes into playground and athletic flooring:

Clothes: Wearable clothes can go to your local Goodwill outlet or shelter. Donate wearable women's business clothing to the nonprofit Dress for Success, which gives them to low-income women as they search for jobs: Offer un-wearable clothes to local animal boarding and shelter facilities, which often use them as pet bedding.


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