Clean + Go Green

clean and go green

Columbia University Campus Operations partners with Undergraduate Housing, Environmental Health & Safety, Environmental Stewardship, Columbia Community Service, and Eco-Reps twice per year to make dumpsters and paper-shredders available across campus for the disposal of sensitive files and large office items. Facilities then properly separates items, recycling and donating them wherever possible.

Clean & Go Green Items

  • Clothing
  • Textiles and linens
  • Non-perishable food
  • Books/Used books
  • Coats
  • Shoes
  • 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)
  • Paper/cardboard
  • Batteries
  • Electronic equipment
  • Bulbs, including compact fluorescents
  • Toner cartridges
  • Paint cans
  • Chemicals
  • 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.

For a fee, movers will come directly to your office to collect and recycle your unwanted items (available for offices at the Morningside campus only). Contact the Columbia University Facilities Services Center at x4-2222 and mention "Clean & Go Green" to request service.

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.