The Viking Union is Open!


We are excited to announce that the Viking Union is open Monday-Friday 7am – 10pm, Saturday 9am - 11pm and Sunday 10am - 11pm.
Services have resumed operation, including Starbucks, the Bookstore, Vendor's Row and the Multi-Purpose Room is home to a Student Study Space, students can connect to campus Wi-Fi for streaming classes and ATUS printers are available in the Study Space. There is also comfortable seating throughout the 6th floor. Face Coverings are required, and Physical Distancing will be monitored. We look forward to seeing you!

Recycling Guides

The Three General Rules

  1. Paper can be recycled if it isn't mixed with plastic or foil, and if it isn't food soiled. Food soiled paper belongs in Food Plus Compost bins, and plastic or foil-lined paper belongs in bins labeled "trash" or "landfill."
  2. Most plastics are recyclable, including bottles, jugs, caps, cups, lids, jars, tubs, pails, and buckets in the barrels labeled "plastics" or "aluminum, plastic, glass, tin." Styrofoam and plastic bags, however, are NOT recyclable on campus.
  3. Only corrugated cardboard should go in the cardboard recycling. Items such as cereal boxes belong in "mixed paper" barrels.

Please recycle the following materials:

Mixed Paper

Egg carton, magazine and other paper products

Yes

  • Notebook paper
  • Spiral notebooks (Metal spirals can be recycled, but plastic ones need to be removed.)
  • Computer paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Phone books
  • Text books
  • Envelopes
  • Post-it notes
  • Paperboard

No

  • Waxed food/drink containers (milk carton)
  • Paper coffee cups
  • Plastic notebook spirals/covers
  • Laminated paper
  • Used paper plates
  • Q-Tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Tissues
  • Used paper towels
  • Sticker backing

Plastic Containers

Yes

  • All colors and numbers 1-7 of bottles
  • Cold beverage cups & lids
  • Hot beverage lids
  • Jugs, cups, jars, tubs
  • Pails and buckets
  • Dairy, deli food, sauce/condiment & cooking oil containers without clamshell hinges
  • Soap, detergent, & household cleaner containers
  • Snack food & frozen food containers
  • Hair/body care bottles and containers

No

  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Thin plastic film
  • Ziploc bags

Aluminum/ Tin

Yes

  • All types of cans
  • Clean aluminum foil

No

  • Microwave meal boxes with foil inside
  • Metallic food wrappers

Glass

Yes

  • All colors and types of bottles accepted

No

  • Mirrors
  • Windows

Cardboard

Stack of corrugated cardboard

Yes

  • Corrugated cardboard ONLY (thick and durable)
  • Break down all of your boxes before recycling them

No

  • Paperboard (Cereal boxes, tissue boxes)
  • Mixed paper of any kind

Compost

Bucket of food waste

Yes

  • Food waste
  • On campus coffee cups
  • #7 plastic found on campus
  • Food soiled paper/cardboard (pizza boxes)
  • Coffee grounds
  • Parchment/Waxed Paper
  • Ice Cream Cartons
  • Small Wood Scraps
  • Milk or juice cartons that are not shelf-stable (plastic lid must be cut out)

No

  • Food still in packaging (unless packaging is paper)
  • Plastic (unless #7)

Non-Recyclable

The following items are NOT recyclable in Bellingham:

  • Shelf-stable* milk & juice cartons
  • Paper coffee cups (these are compostable, though!)
  • Hinged/clamshell containers
  • Styrofoam
  • The following plastic products:
    • overhead transparencies
    • plastic caps
    • sticker backing
    • rings
    • pumps
    • hinged/clamshell containers
    • bags
    • wrap
    • tableware/utensils
    • pipe
    • toys
  • Insulation or plastic containers that held potentially hazardous products such as:
    • motor oil
    • antifreeze
    • solvents
    • pesticides, etc
  • Plate glass (such as mirrors or dishes)

*Cartons that are foil or plastic-lined that have a long shelf life prior to opening (e.g. Tetrapak's containing alternative milk, soup, broth, etc.). Check bottom of carton if you are unsure. It usually says Tetrapak!