Move-In Recycling Drives
The move-in recycling drive takes place in several locations near the residence halls during move-in weekend, so items such as cardboard and polystyrene (styrofoam) can be recycled.
To find the nearest cardboard and polystyrene recycling location, select the move-in map for your residence hall.
Did You Know?
Styrofoam is a trademark of Dow Chemical Company for extruded polystyrene foam. It has become common to use Styrofoam as a generic term to describe all polystyrene foams, such as cups and food containers.
Polystyrene is recyclable and has a resin identification code of #6. However, it is not easily recycled because it takes up a lot of space and requires special machinery.
UC Davis Student Housing partners with DART Container, who transfers the collected foam to their Lodi facility for processing, before being distributed to manufacturers that will use the recycled material to create premium picture frames and crown molding.
This is an important material to recycle or reduce, when possible. Polystyrene does not biodegrade and because it is light weight, is easily spread in the outdoors.