Williams throws away an estimated 800 tons of material into the municipal solid waste stream every year, items which are either non-recyclable, non-compostable, and non-reusable, or mistakenly included with the above.
Where does the trash go after I put it in the waste bin?
Williams’ trash is hauled to the Wheelabrator Hudson Falls energy-from-waste facility in Hudson Falls, NY, where it is incinerated. The waste is converted into a local fuel to generate electricity for sale to the local utility. Debris from construction dumpsters across campus goes to a landfill in Rensselaer County, NY.
What initiatives has the College pursued?
In 2011, Williams asked waste service providers to report into an online waste reporting system, which has enabled us to measure municipal solid waste, recycling, and composting and track our progress over time. We use that data along with periodic waste audits that the Zilkha Center has coordinated to determine trends over time and identify particular waste-stream challenges that need to be addressed.
Who to contact about trash