Recycling & Compost

If you have a recycling bin on campus that needs to be emptied, please email UGA Support Services at

UGA is actively involved in waste reduction and recycling on campus. For the phase 1 report of the Big Belly Waste Reduction Stations, please click here.

The University of Georgia currently recycles nearly 50% of the campus waste stream every month, with the goal of recycling 65% or more by 2020.  Recycling saves university dollars and diverts waste from the Athens-Clarke County Landfill.  The decisions that we make now regarding our waste practices will impact future UGA generation.  When we recycle at UGA we lead the entire community by example.  So come on and recycle those drinking cups (except #6 plastic) , yogurt containers, and pizza boxes.  Because now you can! To print these posters, click here and here.

You can print this out and place it in break rooms or near your new single-stream recycling bins!

You can print this out and place it in break rooms or near your new single-stream recycling bins!

You can print this out and place it in your break room!

You can print this out and place it in your break room!

To learn about off-campus recycling, please contact the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division at 706.651.3512.

The University of Georgia collects recyclables in one stream.  Single stream recycling collection means that ALL acceptable recyclables can be collected mixed together in one container and collected by one truck. This DOES NOT mean that trash is mixed with recyclables.

Where on campus can you drop off recycling?  

For a map of campus recycling drop-off locations, please click here.
Containers are available for recycling drop-off at the following UGA campus locations:

1. McPhaul (Carlton Street Lot S10, located across from Stegeman Coliseum)
temporarily removed due to construction 

2. River Road Fraternity Row (located within gated enclosure in front of TKE Fraternity House)

3. Lamar Dodd School of Art (located on River Road)

4. East Village Residence Halls (located in Lot E06 at end of moped parking area)

5. Joe Frank Harris Dining Commons* /Parking Services (located in Lot E09)

6. University Village Family and Graduate Housing ( in front of Building D)

7. Rogers Road Family Housing ( in front of Building Q , Lot S24)

8. Riverbend Road container I : At first driveway on the right coming from College Station Road (container is behind Riverbend Research Laboratories)

9. Riverbend Road container II : At fourth driveway on the right coming from College Station Road (Central Food Storage Lot E13)

10. Health Sciences Campus (off Kenny Road in front of the Softball Fields

* Please note this is the only dining hall with drop-off accessible to the public. Dining Halls generate a large amount of recyclable materials and the containers cannot support additional material from individuals on campus.

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UGA began composting leaf and limb debris in 1983.  The Facilities Management Grounds Department composted landscape debris as a means to responsibly dispose of organic leaf and limb debris on-site.  Since its innovative yet humble beginnings, UGA composting has grown into a robust operation.  The UGA Bioconversion Center is a partnership between researchers in UGA’s Engineering Outreach Services and FMD Grounds Department staff, yielding innovation in biomass and biofuel as well as tangible products that enhance the campus environment.  One result of the operation is the nutrient-rich compost that is used to restore campus soils and nurture the campus landscape.  Incorporation of UGA compost into compromised soils is the first step in developing new campus landscapes.  UGA compost is also an integral component of campus construction site stabilization efforts and the engineered soil mixes used in bioretention areas (or rain gardens) throughout campus.

During the summer of 2010, a pilot food waste composting project was implemented in the Joe Frank Harris Commons dining hall – in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, UGA Food Services, Facilities Management Services Department and Grounds Department – to convert food scraps into nutrient-rich compost that is incorporated into campus landscapes and community garden.

In the single dining hall pilot program, approximately four 64 gallon roll carts of material are captured (5) days per week.  This represents an approximate weight of 300 lbs per day, and about 75,000 lbs of food waste annually for one dining hall.  When this program is extended to all campus dining halls, we expect to capture up to 300,000 lbs per year of food waste.

In 2014, dining services eliminated the use of single-use plastics from their waste stream. This significant change allows UGA to compost 100% of its food waste from all dining halls.

All organic waste leaving campus dining halls is composted at the UGA Bioconversion Center.  The program diverts approximately 10,000 pounds of organic waste from the local landfill each week.  The program is a partnership between UGA Food Services, UGA Faciltities Management Division Services, Grounds and Office of Sustainability.

In addition, composting is offered to UGA departments participating in the Green Office Program.  This program is managed by the Office of Sustainability.  Compost collection is completed by a student intern using an electric vehicle powered by a solar charging station at UGArden Learning & Demonstration Farm.  Coffee grounds, produce and paper towels are collected from participating department’s break room and delivered to UGArden for composting.

So, is there a place to compost on campus?

If you are collecting a minimal amount of ONLY food scraps then the materials can be taken (with permission) to UGArden campus community garden on S. Milledge Avenue.  For details or to set up a compost program as part of the UGA Green Office Program, email

Note: We do not recommend the use of compostable wares (plates, cups, utensils) for events on campus.  The short explanation is that compostable items are good but difficult to compost without a large scale composting operation (i.e. not your backyard).  We recommend the use of reusable cups, plates and utensils or recyclable items that are accepted in the campus recycling program.  Please avoid Styrofoam and # 6 plastics.