UCSB has an extensive recycling infrastructure that is overseen by several different departments with AS Recycling acting as one of the main partners. For a guide on what you can recycle in the UCSB recycling bins, please see the table below:

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You can also recycle bike tires at the bike shop, or pallets and other large items through special pickups. The list of recyclable items is extensive, so if you have any questions please give us a call!

For an interactive map of recycling bin locations, check out the UCSB Interactive Map. Click the the “Layers” tab then select the “Waste Infrastructure” option. The burgundy dots indicate recycling bin locations.

Outdoor Recycling

The route riders of AS Recycling use specialized bikes to collect recyclables from over 100 outdoor receptacles every day. Most are 4-bin units known as “Berthas”, though we have recently added several solar-powered compacting units called “BigBellies” in the most high traffic areas. We have also begun pairing recycling bins with the standard landfill bins on campus so you always have a choice!

AS Recycling monitors the recycling bins on the main areas of campus, Housing takes care of outdoor recycling at Manzanita Village and at the southeast campus residence halls, and Facilities Management monitors all landfill bins. If you have any questions or concerns about outdoor main campus recycling at UCSB, please call us at (805) 893-7765 or use our contact form. To reach Housing, call (805) 893-2760. To reach Facilities Management, call (805) 893-2661.

Indoor Recycling

Indoor recycling at UCSB is handled by several groups. Facilities Management handles the majority of indoor recycling through its custodial staff. AS Recycling handles recycling service for all Associated Students buildings, UCen staff handle recycling and trash collection at the UCen and other on-campus eating areas, and Housing handles all service for the residence halls and dining commons.

For questions or concerns about your service, you can contact AS Recycling at (805) 893-7765 or use our contact form, or Facilities Management at (805) 893-2661. To reach Housing, call (805) 893-2760.

Special Pickups

If you need a special one-time pickup of recyclable or e-waste material, please fill out our contact form. While AS Recycling students can handle most jobs, we do not have specialized lifting equipment or training to handle large items such as furniture, cabinets, or very heavy items. In these cases, or in the case of a big office move-out, please contact Central Stores.