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Saint Louis University focuses on reducing and diverting waste when possible. However, some items are not recyclable and should be placed in landfill bins. Nonrecyclable items include:

Non-paper packaging: chip bags, condiment packets, candy & energy bar wrappers, etc.

Food and liquids: If a recyclable product contains food scraps or liquids, please dispose of these items in landfill bins before placing the container in the recycling bin

styrofoam cup fact

Styrofoam: SLU is committed to keeping polystyrene, Styrofoam, off of its campuses. However, Styrofoam is a common packaging product purchased off campus. Styrofoam is not recyclable and does not biodegrade in landfills. If you purchase products that come in Styrofoam, consider opting for the recyclable product instead, such as a paper container/cup or recyclable plastic container. 

If you notice Styrofoam being used or sold on campus, please contact the Green Billiken at

Fast Facts on Waste

  1. Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year, enough to fill Busch Stadium from top to bottom twice a day.
  2. Each year Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups. Even 500 years from now, the foam coffee cup you used this morning will be sitting in a landfill.
  3. On average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it to the landfill, and $65 to $75 to incinerate it.
  4. The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.
  5. Disposable diapers last centuries in landfills. An average baby will go through 8,000 of them.

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