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Facilities and Operations is holding the next Clean + Go Green Event at the Morningside campus from Wednesday, July 10 through Friday, July 12, 2019. We will make large bins available across campus, at no cost to you, for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large unwanted items.

There’s no better time than the present to…clean! Cleaning your office or living space creates more space and can also help the environment. Columbia University Facilities and Operations and our partners across campus want to help. As part of our award-winning “Clean + Go Green” program, we will make large bins available across campus – including at the Manhattanville campus – at no cost to you for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large, unwanted items. Best of all, Facilities and Operations will separate and recycle your items. That way, when you clean, you “go green.”

* Wednesday, July 10 – Friday, July 12, Rain or Shine!

* Drop-off hours at all locations are between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only. During this time, Facilities and Operations staff will be on hand to help with unloading and recycling.

*Reuse/Donation Drop-off Location: White tent on Low Plaza

*Recycling Drop-off Locations:

Fairchild Courtyard
Walkway between Lerner Hall and Butler Library
The Grove at 119th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Manhattanville – The Small Square in front of the Lenfest Center for the Arts

*Paper Shredding Locations:

College Walk near Kent Hall (shredding truck)
Manhattanville – The Small Square (secure shredding bins)


Items you can bring to a Clean + Go Green drop-off location include:

Reuse/Donation (Low Plaza only):

Textiles and Linens
Non-perishable Food
Books/Used Books
Small Household Items

Second-hand clothing, textiles, linens, non-perishable food, coats and shoes will go to Columbia Community Service organizations that provide emergency services.


Furniture (not available at Manhattanville/Small Square location)
Computer Monitors, Keyboards and CPUs (please clean your hard drive)
Electronic Equipment
Bulbs, including compact fluorescents
Toner Cartridges
Paint Cans

Items you CANNOT bring to a Clean + Go Green drop-off location:

Laboratory equipment
Laboratory refrigerators
Laboratory furniture that has potentially come into contact with chemical, biological or radioactive material
Metal bricks or any material previously used as shielding
Compressed gas cylinders
Used oil
Mercury containing devices (e.g. thermometers, switches, thermostats)
Smoke detectors

Contact Environmental Health and Safety for removal or clearance to remove items on this list.

Bring items to be shredded to the Paper Shredding Locations on College Walk near Kent Hall and the Small Square in Manhattanville every day of the event from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. As a reminder, before disposing of administrative records, please refer to the Records Retention and Disposal policies.

Don’t throw your used books away—donate them instead! Bring your used books to the tent at Low Plaza and we will find them a new, happy home.

Help preserve the institutional memory of the University. Contact Columbia University Archives at x4-3786 before disposing of any historical information relevant to the history of the University.

Event Contact Information: 
Facilities Services Center