Our Sustainability Office provides information, statistics, and tips on effective recycling and composting on campus.
Composting is an essential component of our sustainability initiatives. In the first five years of the composting program, we increased our annual composting from 20 to 200 tons. We send the compost we collect to a farm on the North Shore of Massachusetts. There, the organic waste is broken down and nutrients are conserved and sold to New England farmers, who in turn sell their produce back to universities like ours.
Each dining facility on campus offers composting. Signage on campus educates the community on the items that are compostable.
The following materials are compostable:
Composting is available at all dining locations:
In 2013, we became early adopters of the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, an initiative to reduce food waste at large institutions. Our dining staff have implemented a few changes to make serving food in the dining halls more efficient, resulting in a slight decrease in composting tonnage because less food is being wasted.
We have Single Stream Recycling, meaning that all recyclables are collected in one receptacle. In 2013, we achieved a 40% recycling rate, which means 40% of all waste was either recycled or composted. We are working toward increasing the number of recycling bins, decreasing trash bins, and raising awareness. The following commodities can be recycled in the Single Stream system:
Please contact us if you notice a need for recycling in a certain location on campus.
Electronic waste must not be thrown away in the trash. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on recycling any e-waste, such as:
Sustainability Main Page
Green Office Certification
Sustainability Academic Courses
Composting, Recycling, and E-Waste
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Use