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Residence Hall Recycling Locations

Where are the recycling bins located?

Recycling bins are located outside of all residence halls and inside of academic, administrative, and student life buildings.

Residential Recycling Locations


Cole HallNext to dumpsters in the alley known as West Side Row
Carmichael Towers EastAlong sidewalk outside main entrance
Carmichael Towers WestOn patio closest to 24th avenue
Mayfield PlaceBehind Mayfield Apartments near the parking garage
Morgan HouseBuilding entrance
Lewis HouseBuilding entrance
Chaffin PlaceBy the dumpsters
McTyeire HallBy the dumpster outside of the northeast wing of the building
Branscomb QuadrangleBy the dumpster near the Studio Arts building and the University Club parking lot
BlakemoreBy the building near the dumpster


Location 1Behind Zeta Beta Tau house – Behind dumpsters
Location 2Next to Lambda Chi Alpha house next to dumpster
Location 3Behind NPHC Fraternities house


All Houses at The Ingram Commons have recycling adjacent to the dumpster closest to the House.

Recycling bins are located inside nearly all classroom buildings, Sarratt Student Center, the Student Life Center, campus libraries, Kirkland Hall, the Student Recreation Center, and many other campus buildings. Remember to look for a recycling bin wherever you are before throwing a recyclable away!

How do I request a recycling bin for my room?

Students that wish to have a recycling bin in their room for collecting recyclables to take to their nearest residential recycling area may request one from their Area Maintenance Supervisor (Office of Housing and Residential Education).

Why is it important to recycle?

  • In 2015, US residents produced approximately 4.48 pounds of waste per person per day.1
  • Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from its virgin source, bauxite.2
  • Every ton of paper that is recovered saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space3 – that’s the same space as 667 gallons of milk!
  • Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles in 2006. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles — more than $1 billion worth of plastic — are wasted each year.4
  • Including the energy used for pumping and processing, transportation, and refrigeration, the annual fossil fuel footprint of bottled water consumption in the United States is over 50 million barrels of oil equivalent. That’s enough oil to fuel 3 million cars for 1 year.5
  • Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost 4 hours or run your television for 3 hours.6
  • Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates 1 job; landfilling 10,000 tons of waste creates 6 jobs; recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs.7


1U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2016. “Facts and Figures on Materials, Wastes, and Recycling.”
2U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2008. “Common Wastes & Materials: Aluminum.”
3American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). 2011. “Paper & the Environment.”
4Fishman, C. 2007. “Message in a Bottle.” Fast Company Magazine.
5Larsen, J. 2007. Earth Policy Institute. “BOTTLED WATER BOYCOTTS: Back-to-the-Tap Movement Gains Momentum.”
6Cummings, L. 2007. Earth 911. “Facts About Aluminum Recycling.”
7EPA, “Resource Conservation Challenge: Campaigning Against Waste,” EPA 530-F-02-033, 2002.

Who picks up the recycling?

Student workers pick up the recycling from the residential areas of campus.  Please recycle properly to help them stay on schedule.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about recycling, feel free to e-mail

How to Get More Involved!

If you are interested in becoming more involved with recycling, join SPEAR: Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility!

SPEAR works to reduce Vanderbilt’s environmental impact, to raise awareness on campus of environmental issues such as resource use and energy efficiency, and to integrate sustainable practices into the habits and infrastructure of the University community.

SPEAR meetings are held biweekly.  For more information about meeting times, please visit the SPEAR web site!