Targeted Materials

Targeted Materials

There are four separate targeted material categories for Paper, Cardboard, Cans and Bottles, Food Service Organics. In each case, results are calculated to recognize schools recycling the largest amount of the targeted material on a per capita basis. To participate in a targeted category, schools must be able to track the material quantities separate from any other materials. Co-mingled materials or those collected through single stream recycling typically are not included because isolated weights or volumes cannot be determined.

Results are calculated using the following equation:

Weight of Targeted Material = XX.XX lbs.
Campus Population


The following materials can be included in the Paper category:

  • Office Paper
  • Shredded Paper
  • Boxboard / chipboard
  • Catalogs
  • Hard and softbound books
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Phone books


The following materials can be included in the Cardboard category:

  • Baled and unbaled cardboard boxes
  • Boxboard / chipboard
  • Kraft paper materials

Cans and Bottles

The following materials are included in the Cans and Bottles category:

  • #1 through #7 Plastics (e.g., soda, water, juice, beer, laundry detergent bottles)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel cans
  • Other food or beverage containers accepted by local recycling program

Food Service Organics

This category tracks food waste and any organic materials handled alongside food waste. Food waste generated in office and campus residential settings and special events can be included in addition to that collected from dining facilities. Materials can be counted that are composted, redistributed for food banks, or recovered for animal feed. 

The following materials are included in the food service organics category:

  • Pre and post-consumer food waste
  • Compostable dinnerware, napkins, etc.
  • Used cooking grease