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What is single-stream recycling?

A single-stream recycling system is the collection of recyclable materials with no sorting required by individuals. Cans and bottles can be mixed together with paper and glass. 

The success of this system depends on individuals only placing recyclable items in the blue recycling bins and making sure that the items are empty and free of food residue.

Where to Recycle

  • Offices and Academic Buildings: Please look for designated bins and recycling areas in your building. 

  • Residence Halls and Greek houses: Blue recycling bins can be found in each trash closet in residence halls or outside the hall by the garbage toters.

  • Outdoor receptacles: Metal recycling bins labeled with "recycling" can be found throughout Lehigh's campus. 

Learn more about Lehigh's recycling program:

If you would like request a trash or recycling bin, you may put in a work order. For additional questions, you may contact an Office of Sustainability staff at