Williams throws away an estimated 800 tons of material every year. Williams’ trash is hauled to the Wheelabrator Hudson Falls energy-from-waste facility, where it is incinerated. The waste is converted into a local fuel to generate electricity for sale to the local utility.
During a waste audit done in January 2009, trash from a variety of buildings across campus was sorted in to non-recyclable waste, potential recycleables, and items that could have been replaced with something reusable. By weight, over 40% of the waste sorted should have been recycled – including bottles and cans, paper, cardboard, and food waste. An additional 10% could have been avoided – disposable paper cups, to-go containers, paper towels and empty plastic bags.