Recycling and Waste Reduction

SUNY Canton is focused on operating an efficient campus that incentivizes reuse and minimizes the amount of waste we produce. Canton has adopted recycling across campus to increase the amount of recyclables we divert from the waste stream.


SUNY Canton is a proud participant in the recycling competitions and recyclable material benchmarking strategies organized by RecycleMania.

Batteries, Light Bulbs and Toner

All of these items are considered universal waste and need to be recycled in a separate container. Specially labeled bins are located in the dorms on the first floor for collection of batteries and CFL’s.


SUNY Canton has several projects and programs to help our campus community share materials to keep them in use and out of the landfill.

Give & Go- Move Out Day

Donate your unwanted stuff right in your residence hall lobby! During Finals Week, look for the large collection barrels set up by Recycling staff. We will pick up these items each day and consolidate them in a central storage area. Your donated items are then given to various community-based non-profit organizations. This keeps useful stuff out of the trash, and directs it for reuse by others.

Please sort your donations into these 4 categories:

  • Clothing
 - All items must be clean. Please bundle or tie shoes together so they don't lose each other!
  • Blankets & Linens 
- All items must be clean. Includes towels, linens, bedding, pillows, etc.
  • Food and Toiletries 
- Must be un-opened packages. No perishables please.
  • Small Household Items
 - Includes dishes, baskets, lamps, art supplies, school supplies, pots and pans, vases, brooms, small appliances, toasters, decorations, etc. Please wrap fragile and glass items in newspaper! NO SHARP KNIVES.

Move Out Day program occurs throughout the last week in May. The program was established by the CARES organization and encourages students to donate unwanted, usable items instead of throwing them away. Dates, times, and collection area locations will be announced at the end of each spring semester.

Clothing Exchange

The Clothing Exchange is a program we hold every year during our Earth Week event. This provides an opportunity for campus community members to donate old, lightly used clothing and browse the selection of other donated clothing and get some "new to you" items. All leftover items are donated to local charity organizations.

Cell Phone Collection

The SUNY Canton Veterans Association has teamed with “Cell Phones for Soldiers Program” to help collect old/used cell phones to be recycled and provide calling cards for our soldiers overseas in order to keep in touch with their loved ones. Collection boxes are located in Dana Hall, Miller Campus Center, Cook Hall, Southworth Library, Cooper Service Center, or French Hall.


The most essential way to reduce waste is to avoid creating it in the first place.

Ban the Bottle, Go Back to Tap

Hydration stations are located throughout campus for students to fill their water bottles with cold purified water instead of purchasing bottled water. Bottled water is expensive and contributes to land, water and air pollution. Refill your bottle and reduce your carbon footprint!

No Print Pledge

As part of SUNY Canton’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, we encourage faculty, staff and students to use electronic means to help reduce our paper, ink and toner use. Course material can be made available online allowing professors to distribute materials without using paper or copies.

Reusable Food Containers

Ask for a reusable take-out container when you’re taking food to go. Available at certain dining locations on campus.

Cooper Service Complex
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Phone: 315-386-7222
Fax: 315-386-7960