Williams collects paper, newspaper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal containers, batteries, and electronics for recycling. We also collect gently used clothing for donation to a local non-profit organization.

Recycling containers for paper, glass, plastic, and metal are available in public areas across campus. Individual offices have paper recycling containers, as do classrooms. Students have colored bins for recycleables in their dorm rooms, though they are responsible for transporting both their garbage and recycleables to their dorm’s trash room. Recycleables (paper, cardboard, bottles and cans) are transported to a consolidation location on campus by the Campus Recyclers.

Bottles and Cans
When sufficient amounts collect, bottles and cans are taken to the North Adams Transfer Station, and proceed from there to to the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency in Kingston, New York. There, the recycleables are separated. Glass and plastic go to the Ontario County Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Stanley, New York, while aluminum goes to Kingston Recycling, also in Kingston, New York.

Athletics Department have been installing more recyclable containers at sporting venues contributing to increase in diversion rate of bottles and cans.

Scrap Metal
Scrap metal is taken to Apkins Scrapyard in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Paper and Cardboard

A paper and cardboard compactor has recently been installed next to the heating plant.  Installation of the compactor has enabled the reduction in staff time used to sort and manage cardboard and paper disposal.  Since cardboard and paper can now be co-mingled all types of paper can be placed in the paper recycling containers.  Materials that can be recycled include magazines, office paper, paperboard, newspapers, envelopes, etc.  Cardboard should be neatly stacked next to central recycling areas for pick up.

Electronics Waste (Computers, Monitors, Printers…)
Williams’ e-waste is handled by Electronics Recyclers International, located in Gardner, MA facility. Electronics Recyclers is a founding member of e-Stewards, a third party certification organization that works to ensure environmentally and socially responsible collection and processing of e-waste.  All sorts of electronic materials can be recycled: computers, monitors, printers, dvd players, compact disks.  Contact the Facilities office for pick up of large items.


Starting early in academic year 2011, Williams has instituted a waste measurement system.  In past years, we collected data related to volumes of recyclables but but overall trash volumes.  This year, we have worked with our trash and recycling service providers to develop a online reporting system.  We are still working on improvements to the system but will be able to report some preliminary numbers by the end of the academic year.

For more information about recycling and waste management, contact  [email protected]