Building Manager Lunch & Learns

During these virtual sessions, campus experts and stakeholders provide helpful, concise information on key topics that Building Managers have expressed interest in. The sessions will be recorded and made available online for those unable to attend live or for those who wish to revisit previous topics.

Waste & Recycling

April 11, 2024

Watch as Facilities Planning & Management staff members within Physical Plant; the Office of Sustainability; and Environment, Health and Safety dug through the topic of waste and recycling on campus, with a focus on what to do with larger and potentially hazardous items.

Thank you to the 74 attendees who was able to join us live on April 11. Please click below to take our quick survey by April 19 to let us know how we can continue to improve this series.


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Does zero waste apply to off campus sites and will campus support with funding?

The zero waste goal currently applies to the campus boundary. If you have any suggestions for off campus operations, please us this feedback form: UW-Madison Seeks Campus Feedback on its Draft Zero Waste Action Plan – Office of Sustainability – UW–Madison (

Are there plans to add dumpsters to buildings that have no dumpsters?

To determine if adding a dumpster to your building is possible, please contact Jeff Templin.

How does UW-Madison recycle books?

Jeff Templin can provide a container for book recycling, please reach out  on volume of books and a schedule.

Does campus recycle alkaline batteries?

All small batteries should be dropped off at campus e-waste stations. Physical Plant staff will sort them for proper recycling or disposal. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Templin.

Can any amount of corrugated cardboard ever end up in mixed paper for recycling?

It does, but any mixed paper would be put in single stream recycling and is not sorted separately. 

Where can I request to have a sharps container installed?

Sharps containers for personal/public use, are the responsibility of the building/department to acquire, install and dispose. Logistics Recycling Inc. (formerly MERI) is the contracted vendor to dispose of the bin and contents.  Sharps containers can be acquired through Shop@UW vendors or Logistics Recycling Inc. For installation contact Physical Plant Customer Service.