Poets Recycle

Poets RecycleIn 2008, Whittier College established the College's first successful recycling program. Since then there have been significant improvements in turning Whittier College into a "greener" campus, but there is still work to be done.

Making recycling convenient for students and staff is our top priority. We are working to make sure that recycling bins can be found in all major areas and rooms on campus. Students will no longer have to throw away recyclable items due to a lack of recycling bins. We are also aiming to reduce the amount of waste produced here at Whittier, along with educating others about current environmental issues. All of these elements make up of our goals for this school year.

Here on the Green Pages, you can learn about different items that are recyclable and the locations of each recycling bin around campus. We have also provided online resources that will help you become more involved in the Green Movement and lead you to a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

What is Recyclable:

  • Soft drink, water and salad dressing bottles; peanut butter and jam jars (#1 PET, PETE))
  • Milk, juice and water bottles; trash and retail bags (#2 HDPE)
  • Juice bottles; cling films; PVC piping (#3 PVC)
  • Frozen food bags; squeezable bottles, e.g. honey, mustard; cling films; flexible container lids (#4 PE-LD)
  • Reusable microwaveable ware; kitchenware; yogurt containers; margarine tubs; microwaveable disposable take-away containers; disposable cups and plates (#5 PP)
  • Egg cartons; packing peanuts; disposable cups, plates, trays and cutlery; disposable take-away containers (#6 PE)
  • Beverage bottles; baby milk bottles; electronic casing.(#7 Other ABS)


  • Mixed Paper (white and color ledger)
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Blended & Cardboard
  • Computer print outs
  • Unshredded mail
  • Cereal, Shoe boxes


Clean Glass:

  • Unbroken glass containers (Glass is normally color sorted for recycling.)
  • Colorless jars and beverage bottles
  • Green wine/beer bottles
  • Brown and amber beer bottles

Clean Metal:

  • Aluminum (#41)
  • Cans
  • Metal waste
  • Lids
  • Foil