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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.


By Weight

In 2015, more pounds of recycleables were collected during move-in weekend, and less landfill material, than in any of the previous 7 years.

By Volume

In 2015, the volume of waste by volume collected during move-in weekend increased 13%, all of it recycleable. Waste collected for landfills remains at its lowest in 7 years.


A Tercero area recycling location for cardboard and polystyrene A Cuarto area recycling location for cardboard A collection of recycled polystyrene Robot statue made from cardboard and cardboard-like material

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.