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The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling is here to assist you with all of your campus recycling needs!  We aim to provide prompt and courteous service to the Carolina community.

Are you curious about what you can or cannot recycle on campus?  Please refer to our What Can I Recycle? page.

You can also find additional information about for special recycling needs on our Office Recycling page.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at 919-962-1442 or

Services Available for Request

You may request a variety of services from the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, including:

  • Confidential Paper Pickup
  • Emptying of Full Recycling Bins
  • Addition or Removal of Permanent Indoor Recycling Sites
  • Temporary Bin Request (for file purges and office cleanouts)
  • Temporary Bin Removal (when cleanouts are completed)
  • Emptying of a full trash or cardboard dumpster outside your building
  • Delivering and servicing a rolloff for your building’s project needs

Please note, OWRR does not oversee the recycling of electronic waste, hazardous waste, or printer cartridges. If you have electronic waste to dispose of, or any other material not listed above, please visit OWRR’s What Can I Recycle page to locate your item and contact the department that handles the disposal of these items.


Front Load Trash Dumpsters
Front Load Trash Dumpster Pick Up Monthly Charge*
Every other week $103
1x per week $205
2x per week $410
3x per week $615
4x per week $819
5x per week $1024
6x per week $1229
Horizontal Compactors
Horizontal Compactors Per Pick Up Charge* Monthly Rental
Roll-off Trash Compactor $715 $65
Roll-off Cardboard/Recycling Compactor $286 $65
Split-Body Trash+Recycling Compactor $477 $136
Open Top Roll-off Containers
Open Top Roll-off Containers Per Pick Up Charge* Monthly Rental** Delivery Fee
Open Top Trash Roll-off $429 $25 $25
Open Top Recycling Roll-off $358 $25 $25

Confidential Paper: $10/box

*Includes hauling, tipping fees, equipment cleaning, maintenance and replacement
**If rented for more than one month

Frequently Asked Questions

Effective July 1, 2012, we began charging $8 per box for the collection, shredding and recycling of confidential paper. Please see our confidential paper webpage for additional info.

Will we start being charged for indoor recycling services?
Does this mean that we will have to start paying for trash, cardboard and other recycling services?

*With the exception of Chase and Lenoir which will now have a charge associated with cardboard compactor collection.

The only customers who directly pay for trash and recycling services (other than confidential paper) are receipt-funded customers.  These are customers such as Athletics, Carolina Dining Services, DLAM (Dept. of Laboratory Animal Medicine), Housing and Residential Education, Parking and Transportation, CoGen (charges for electricity), Student Stores and other customers who are funded via financial transactions. There are also buildings funded via the endowment or leased spaces. Almost all other buildings are funded via appropriations by the state (or are called state-funded.)  OWRR receives funds to pay for trash and recycling services at state-appropriated buildings.

So only customers who are already getting “trash” bills will be affected by the new rates for dumpster, compactor and rolloff collection of trash and recyclables. Indoor recycling is included in charges for dumpsters, compactors and rolloffs—whether the building is appropriated or receipt-funded.  Therefore, no one will “start getting billed” for indoor recycling collection. 

Why are you changing your rates?
The modest increase to rates this year is necessary to keep up with the rising fuel and operation costs.