Recycling Guide

Thanks for reducing, reusing, and recycling!

Don’t see instructions for something that you think is recyclable?  Have other questions about recycling?   Email the Zilkha Center to ask about it.

Interested in being more a part of the campus recycling conversation.  Consider joining the Waste & Recycling Working Group.  Email Mike for more information.



  • Plain and colored office paper
  • Shiny/glossy paper
  • Post-It notes, envelopes
  • Brown paper bags
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Chipboard (cereal boxes, Kleenex boxes, etc.)
  • Cardboard*
  • Pizza boxes  (Even those with grease.  Please remove any plastic and crusts before recycling)

* Flatten and stack cardboard next to recycling containers in public areas and dorm trash/recycling rooms in the basement.  (Wet, waxed, and soiled cardboard cannot be recycled.  Please put it in the trash)


In public areas:Place these in the RED recycling containers marked "paper."
20150331_153746In classrooms and offices:Place in the small TAN containers (smaller than trash containers).
Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 12.31.36 PMIn dorms: Put in the RED containers in rooms/common rooms designated for paper. When those fill up, bring to the trash/recycling room in your dorm, typically in the basement and place in appropriate containers.

Plastic, Glass, and Metal


  • Drink bottles (plastic and glass)
  • Yogurt containers (clean)
  • Clear plastic take out food containers (clean)
  • Solo cups
  • Laundry detergent bottles
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil (clean)
  • Refrigerated cartons (juice/milk) & aseptic (shelf-stable) containers


    Refrigerated and aseptic cartons like this are recyclable

  • Other plastics numbered #1-7 (The plastics numbering system is a classification system and is usually on the bottom of an item in the middle of the triangular recycling symbol and refers to the polymer type of the plastic, which is used for separating plastics for recycling)
  • Fuel canisters  -  To properly store and dispose of camping fuel canisters, speak with Dave Ackerson at the WOC office (Pareksy 218).  They cannot be kept in the dorms.


Plastic sealed air inflatable packaging cannot be recycled on campus.  They can be recycled in a plastic bag recycling in a store.  The nearest one to campus is Stop N Shop.  Other locations in the region are here.

In public areas: Place these in the GREEN containers marked "plastic glass cans."
In classrooms: In the appropriately labeled small TAN container near the trash containers.
In offices: Offices do not have containers for these items, so please take them to the nearest public recycling station in your building.
Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 12.31.36 PMIn dorms: Place in the YELLOW bins in your common rooms designated for plastic, glass and metal containers. When those fill up, bring to the trash/recycling room in your dorm and place in appropriate containers.


(waxed, wet, and soiled cardboard is not recyclable) Flatten and stack next to recycling containers in public areas and dorm trash/recycling rooms in the basement.


Cannot be recycled
CFLs = universal hazardous waste

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CFLs contain small amounts of mercury and are considered "universal waste." Contact your custodian for proper disposal.Incandescent light bulbs cannot be recycled. Put them in a bag before putting them in the trash to minimize the risk of bulbs breaking and cutting anyone transporting the trash

Electronic Equipment

Most electronics contain lead or mercury and cannot be disposed of in the trash.  This is how you properly dispose of these items:

  • Toner Cartridges - Companies usually provide a shipping label so that users can send them back to the company to be reused. The college is working on on-campus disposal options.
  • Computers, Laptops, Monitors, Printers - For personal items only - students, staff, and faculty can dispose of these safely at a one-time end-of-the-year event called GreenUp.  For college-owned equipment, contact the OIT helpdesk.
  • Cell phones - Contact Nicole Pedercini in the Controllers Office. She has kindly offered to recycle unwanted phones along with the ones she recycles for her office.  Remember to wipe the memory clean before getting rid of it.



Batteries (all types)

To be safe, before disposing cover the positive and negative posts of the following batteries with masking, duct, or electrical tape:  alkaline, lithium ion, ni-cad, rechargeables, and 9-volt batteries17895

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Lead-acid batteries - such as most car batteries and battery packs for emergency lighting - must be disposed of differently.  Contact Heather Main for disposal.




  • Clean and gently used clothing
Clean and gently used clothing can be recycled in Paresky in the built-in recycling containers located near the Park St. entrance. Clothing will be donated to Greylock ABC.

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Clean Packing Materials

  • Styrofoam peanuts
  • Bubble wrap
  • Padded paper
The UPS Store in the Colonial Shopping Center will often take these materials for reuse. You can drop these items off anytime during normal business hours.If you don’t take them there, they should just be put in the trash receptacle.

CDs and DVDs

Gather reasonably transportable amounts in a box. Contact the Facilities Service desk at 597-2486 to arrange for pick up.

Non Recycleable Items

These should go in trash containers. Where possible reduce the amount you use.

  • Photographs
  • Paper Towels, Napkins
  • Pizza boxes (if at all greasy)
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags
  • Incandescent Lightbulbs (see lightbulb section above for more info about disposal)
  • Shiny/waxy items (like a pouch for teabags)
  • Tin/aluminum foil
  • Granola/ Odwalla bar wrappers  (these can be Terracycled, so look for these boxes around campus.  If you can't find one, just throw it in the trash.)


    Terracycle container


Facilities Recycling Team