Compost & Recycling


What Do I Do With...? 

  • Items like:
    • Electronics, furniture, light bulbs, metal scrap, paint, large quantity of books
    • CDs and cell phones 
    • Office file purge
    • Packing air bags, bubble wrap and peanuts
    • Styrene foam packaging
    • Toner cartridges


  • What Can I Put in a Recycling Bin?

    • Paper — All colors, coated cartons and cups too. Must be dry (wet, food-soiled, or shredded uncaoted paper goes in the compost bin!)
    • Plastic — Please keep the caps on your empty plastic bottles, and bag your plastic bags together. Must be empty, clean and dry.
    • Metal — All types of empty metal containers and scrap metal!
    • Glass — All types of empty glass containers!
  • What Can I Put in a Food Waste + Compostables Bin? 

    • Any and ALL food scraps
    • Plant and yard waste
    • Food-soiled paper (like paper plates or pizza boxes) and compostable to-go-ware

All to-go ware from Seattle U's cafe's and catering services is made from compostable plant-derived plastic or paper. This includes grab-and-go food packaging with the "Express" or "Chartwells" logos, paper to-go ware, and disposable utensils, cups, and straws.

  • EXCEPTIONSMost coffee cups from off-campus cafes go in the recycling bin because they are plastic lined or made with non-compostable glues. Ask the barista if cups are compostable, or use your own reusable mug!

 Learn about what you can compost by checking out this flyer with more information from Seattle Public Utilites.  



Seattle University's Compost Facility

Our onsite facility annually turns 178,000 pounds of food waste into compost. The compost is spread in planting beds to improve soil quality. The facility has won several awards for being located in a large city, adjacent to an apartment building and restaurants, and operating without odor issues. 

Take a SU compost facility virtual tour. To schedule a group tour, contact Eric Elliott at The facility is located at 755 13th Avenue. between the O’Brien Center and the School of Law Annex. (map).


  • Not sure where to put shiny paper plates, plastic bags, lids, and many other common disposables? Watch the Seattle Public Utilities Where Does It Go? video series! 
  • Learn more about Seattle U's composting practices.
  • Still not sure where it goes? Check here before you toss!


Contact Eric Elliott, Recycling Coordinator,  at or (206) 296-6459 with questions.  

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