On-Campus Recycling


Mixed Recycling Initiative

The University has partnered with Cedar Valley Recycling to accept mixed recycling products from around campus. We are now able to send Cedar Valley Recycling all of our materials that are considered recyclable in a mixed container and they will sort them at their facility.  To read more about the program, click here.



Department of Residence Recycling

In August 2009, a pilot program by the Recycling Reuse and Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC), implemented the Rider Recycling Revolution program, (RRR). Rider Hall was selected as the first hall to take on the challenge and since then the nine remaining halls, ROTH complex, and Panther Village have joined the program and now have single stream recycling. To read more about the program,click here.


Recycle Cell Phones and Rechargeable Batteries

Recycle old cell phones and rechargeable batteries by dropping them off in designated boxes around campus! Click here for more information.


Drop-Off Recycling

In addition to BigBelly compactors, UNI and the City of Cedar Falls also provides a university/city collection site west of Hudson Road and north of the UNI Power Plant. Eight roll-off containers are used at this site for recycling. Plastics numbers 1-7, plastic grocery bags, clear glass, tin cans, office paper, cardboard, newsprint and magazines are accepted at this site.


BigBelly Compactors

BigBelly Solar Compactors and Recyclers are self-powered through the use of solar energy. While these receptacles take up as much space as any typical trash can, their ecological “footprint” is much smaller. Solar-powered compaction helps to reduce waste collection cost, deliver cleaner public spaces and more efficient and flexible operations and can be located anywhere and operate for one week on the energy equivalence of brewing one pot of coffee.The BigBelly recycler delivers 4:1 compaction and is ideal for high-traffic locations, like college campuses. A solar compactor senses when the bin is nearly full and communicates this information back to a Command Center to eliminate unnecessary trips back and forth for crews to empty the compactor. Recycling crews save time and money by eliminating wasteful trips to receptacles that are not yet full through use of this technology.