Recycle & Compost

Use mixed recycle bins on campus

Recycling in the United States can divert more than 60 million tons of waste away from landfills every year. That amounts to about 32 percent of all of our garbage. Do your part by dropping recyclable waste in the blue bins on campus.

What can I recycle at ACC?

Please rinse food waste off before recycling any of the following.

  • Aluminum, steel, and tin cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper and plastic cups and cartons
  • Plastic utensils and straws
  • Plastic and glass bottles and caps
  • Plastic plates and food containers
  • Paper bags
  • Phone books, magazines, newspaper, office paper, and pamphlets
  • Flattened cardboard boxes*

    * Large corrugated cardboard boxes can be recycled too. Flatten them, write "RECYCLE" on them, and place them next to a recycling bin.

Styrofoam recycling

Styrofoam packing cube recycling is available at all campuses. Place your styrofoam packing cubes in the mesh collection bags found at locations listed below.

Please do NOT put packing peanuts, food containers, plastic bags, or spongy foam (LDPE #4) in the mesh collection bags.

  • Cypress Creek Campus
  • Eastview Campus
  • Elgin Campus
  • Highland Business Center
  • Northridge Campus
  • Pinnacle Campus
  • Rio Grande Campus
  • Riverside Campus
  • Round Rock Campus
  • Service Center
  • South Austin Campus

Composting at Eastview Campus and Highland Business Center 

A collaborative composting project is underway at Eastview Campus, and you can join it.

The Culinary Arts Department (housed at Eastview Campus) diverts all compostable waste, like inedible food from preparation, and unfinished dishes, to compost bins within their kitchens. The Riverbats Café also uses compostable packages for to-go orders.

The Children's Lab School teaches composting at a young age, providing bins for food waste and paper towels.

Plus, for a trial period, paper towel composting is available in all Eastview Campus and Highland Business Center restrooms. Please put paper towels only in the marked bins, and NO food waste, recycling, or landfill waste. We anticipate diverting over 140 cubic feet of paper towel waste from the landfill daily.