The Univerisity is committed to mitigating the impact of campus on the environment. Housing & Residence Life work closely with the Office of Sustainability to raise the visibility of sustainability issues on campus and advance intellectual debate and analysis on the critical environmental issues of our time. Students are encouraged to be engaged and innovative to incorporate sustainability into House life. Students in the Houses are often active in recycling, composting, energy & waste reduction, and water management.


The residence halls participate in the University single-stream recycling program.  Designated bins are found in lounges, common areas, hallways, and/or trash rooms. Residents can contact a Resident Head or Facility Manager if they cannot locate a recycling bin. Recycled items have to be clean (empty of food and if possible, rinsed) and include:

  • Aluminum food and beverage containers, including cans, foil, and pie tins
  • Glass food and beverage containers – brown, clear or green
  • Iron cans
  • Plastic containers – clear and pigmented
  • Newsprint
  • Corrugated cardboard (flattened)
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Cereal boxes
  • Telephone books
  • Office paper (including envelopes with plastic windows)
  • Mail, including FedEx envelopes and envelopes with plastic windows


Compost and organic food waste is currently collected in the residential dining halls. On average, approximately 8,000 pounds are composted every week. UChicago Dining also offers student groups the opportunity to drop off excess food waste from their on-campus events for compost.