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Toner Tubes Recyclable with Lehigh’s New Recycling Program

Toner tubes and bottles from large office copy machines are recyclable in the new Lehigh University single stream recycling program .

Facilities Services, which implemented a campus-wide single stream recycling program this fall, has recently added toner bottles and toner tubes to the acceptable recyclable materials list.

The acceptable tubes and bottles are those from larger copiers and printers, not desktop cartridges. After they have been rinsed out, acceptable tubes and bottles can be placed in the single stream blue Rubbermaid containers located in all academic and administrative offices, common areas, class rooms, dining facilities, and residence halls.

Custodial and grounds maintenance staff will empty all containers for transport to recycling compactors. Raritan Valley will transport the recycled material to Greenstar.

Facilities Services agreed to look into what could be done about the toner tubes and bottles after they were contacted by the University Business Services ECO Group. Gary Falasca, Director of Facilities Services reached out to Greenstar, which had already entered into an agreement with Lehigh to purchase its collected recyclable materials, to see if they would accept the empty toner tubes and bottles.

“They told me it wouldn’t be a problem.” Gary says. He adds, “magazines, catalogs, cardboard boxes, cereal, pizza boxes and phone books are a few other items Greenstar accepts.” All of these materials can be collected in the same blue Rubbermaid containers and will be sorted at the Greenstar location in Northampton.

Lehigh’s new single stream recycling increases the quantity of materials being recycled, reduces trash volume, eliminates numerous dumpsters and reduces transportation costs.