Commodity 1 : an economic good: as a product of a recycling collection
2 a : something useful or valued

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Emory Accepts the following commodities:

Aluminum Cans: Virtually all metal beverage containers are made of aluminum, though some specialty drinks come in tin containers. Aluminum is not attracted to a magnet. Empty and dry cans, and remove them from bags or boxes. Please, no aluminum that has been in contact with food

All aluminum collected at Emory is baled (compresssed into cubes) and taken to Newell Recycling in East Point, Georgia for further processing.

Corrugated Cardboard
Moving boxes, shipping boxes, and furniture boxes are typically made of corregated cardboard. Remove all packing materials and breakdown.
Not Accepted: Waxed cardboard or cardboard soiled with food. Paperboard is not Corrugated Cardboard. Recycle paperboard in mixed paper bins.

All cardboard collected at Emory is baled (compressed into cubes). The bales are picked up by Pratt Industries and taken to Pratt's paper mill in Conyers, Georgia for further processing

Clear, Brown and Green Glass
Sort glass by color, removing labels is not necessary. Rinsing beverage containers is also not necessary though they must be empty and dry. Food jars must be empty of all food residue and rinsed.
Not Accepted: light bulbs, auto (safety) glass, Pyrex or mirrors

All glass collected at Emory is seperated by color and stored in 30-yard open tops down at the Recycling Center. Waste Management hauls the open tops to Strategic Materials in East Point, Georgia for further processing.

Mixed Paper
This is a low quality grade of paper, which includes most anything found in a filing cabinet, magazines and newspaper. Examples include:
- colored paper
- newspaper and magazines
- phone books
- journals
- brown paper packaging
- cardstock-based materials such as file folders, paper bags, and paperboard
(i.e. cereal boxes, beverage boxes)
Not Accepted: ream wrap, blueprints, NCR paper or carbonless copy paper.

All mixed paper collected is dumped into a 40-yard open top and hauled off by Pratt Industries in Conyers, Georgia for further processing.

Plastics #1-#6
Plastic must be rinsed and clean. Only items with #1-#6 are accepted. It is extremely important to rinse all food containers
Not Accepted: Styrofoam and #7 plastics. Items with food contamination.

All plastics collected at Emory are placed in a 40-yard open top.

Scrap Metal
Scrap Metal includes any metal besides tin and aluminum.
Not Accepted: Aerosol cans, Batteries or Pieces of Batteries, Barrels, Drums, Pails, Steel Cable and wire, Cast Iron Borings or Turnings.

Scrap Metal box is picked-up by Waste Management and taken to Newell Recycling for further processing.

White Paper
White paper is a very high grade paper and one of Emory Recycles most valuable commodities. A good guide to determine whether paper is “white” is to tear it. If the paper is white inside the tear, it is considered white paper.
Examples of acceptable material:
- copier paper
- letterhead
- notebook paper, even if slightly off white
- White paper with colored print or with staples is acceptable
- The Emory Report is printed on white paper.
- Business envelopes without windows (or with windows removed) are acceptable.

All white paper collected at Emory is baled (compressed into cubes). The bales are hauled off by Pratt Industries and taken to Savannah, Georgia for further processing.

Hardback and paperback books are collected for donating, recycling or resale by Better World Books Drop-off located in the DUC and at the Recycling Center

Emory owned electronics are reused or if obsolete, recycled through Emory Surplus Properties. For personal electronics, Emory Recycles in conjunction with Atlanta Recycling Solutions holds 2 electronic events a year. Click here for the date of the next event.

All electronics are recycled by our electronic recycling vendor Atlanta Recycling Solutions in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Battery and Compact Fluorescent Bulb Recycling
Emory Environmental Health and Safety Office announces that battery recycling containers are now available in the following locations:
• 1599 Clifton - Mail rooom - B160
• 1762 Clifton – Lobby outside EHSO Suite 1200
• Briarcliff Campus – Building A Lobby
• Campus Services – Building B break room
• Dobbs University Center (DUC) - Left of Einstein's Bagels
• Emory Clinics (A, B, & C) – Facilities Management Lobby
• N. Decatur Genetics Building - Second Floor Hallway
• Oxford Campus - Student Center
• Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC) – Lobby
• White Hall – 2nd floor Lobby
• Whitehead Research Building – Lobby
• Woodruff Library – Left entrance by the magazine stands
• Yerkes Main Station - Left Entrance

All battery types/sizes are acceptable, but the collection pails can only accept batteries 10 pounds or smaller. The terminals must be taped to prevent accidental discharge. Click here to view the battery recyling poster demonstrating the correct prpocedure of preparing batteries for recycling.
For questions or additional information contact or 404-727-5922.

Compact Fluorescent recycling is handled through Environmental Health and Safety Office as well