Sustainability

Recycling & Composting

One goal: Zero Waste

Find out how to reduce, reuse and recycle your commonly disposed of items here. And remember, if it's recyclable—put it in the blue single-stream recycling bin. 

Recycle plastic, aluminum and glass bottles and cans.
This category represents all glass, plastic and metal/aluminum containers. In fact, all bottles and cans are banned from disposal in the state as part of the Massachusetts Waste Bans because they are made of extremely valuable and highly recyclable materials.

Please recycle glass, plastic and metal/aluminum beverage and food containers, and other non-toxic product containers such as detergent bottles, shampoo, aerosol cans, etc in Emerson's single-stream recycling bins.

Remember: Rinse before you Recycle! Materials do not need to be spotless, but they do need to be primarily empty of contents. 

Recycle paper, paperboard and cardboard

Please recycle all of your mixed paper (plain white paper, colored paper, glossy, newspapers, magazines and envelopes), paperboard (cereal boxes, posteres) and cardboard (storage boxes) in Emerson's single-stream recycling bins. 

RECYCLABLE NON-RECYCLABLE
All paper, including white, colored and shredded (staples & paper clips OK!) No trash, paper plates, tissue paper, paper towels
Books & telephone books (paperback only) No recyclables containing food waste (rinse before you recycle!)
Boxes (office supply boxes, cookie & cracker boxes, tissue boxes, round oatmeal containers, etc.) No hardcover books
Carbonless form (NCR paper) No express delivery envelopes with bubble wrap (i.e. Fed Ex, etc.)
Cardboard boxes (please flatten) No carbon paper
Catalogs, brochures, flyers & junk mail No candy wrappers
Envelopes (lables and windows are OK) No photographs
Egg cartons No waxed cardboard (unless has recycle sign)* 
Fax paper
File folders
Juice, milk, nut milk & broth boxes (e.g. Tetra Pak)
Magazines, newspapers and inserts
Paper bags
Paper cups (e.g. emptied Starbucks cup)
Spiral notebooks & writing tablet backs

*Please compost waxed, wet and soiled cardboard in the Little Building lobby or Bordy Theater.

Plastic #1-7 recycling

Recycle all rigid plastic containers, including beverage and food containers, detergent bottles, household cleaners, yogurt cups, etc. in Emerson's single-stream recycling bins. Plastics are numbered 1-7 but ignore the numbers and think “rigid” or “flexible”—if it’s rigid, recycle it!

Remember: Rinse before you Recycle! Materials do not need to be spotless, but they do need to be primarily empty of contents.

RECYCLEABLE NON-RECYCLEABLE
Plastic bottles & containers #1-7 No plastic bags
Coffee cup lids No shrink wrap and plastic wrap
Food containers, take-out containers (rinse first!) No Styrofoam
Milk jugs, bleach/detergent, household cleaner bottles, shampoo bottles No #7 plastics marked "compostable"
Soda/juice/water bottles
Yogurt/cottage cheese/margarine containers

Compost
Get composting! Composting is available in all three dining facilities, the Bordy Theater and the Little Building lobby. Emerson composts with the help of Save that Stuff--the majority of the food waste they collect is processed into high-quality, nutrient-rich compost at Brick Ends Farm, in Hamilton, MA. 

COMPOSTABLE NON-COMPOSTABLE
All food waste including: No foil candy wrappers
Bones & fat trimmings No butter wrappers
Dairy products No plastic cups, lids, straws and tableware
Eggshells No twine or twist ties
Fruits and vegetables
Meat, poultry and seafood
Rice, pasta, bread and other grains
Beans
Spoiled food
All food soiled non-recycleable paper including:
Coffee grounds and filters
Paper towels and napkins
Paperboard and other cereal box-type material
Tea bags (metal clips OK)
Wet or waxed cardboard
Other materials including:
Plant clippings
Biodegradable and compostable containers, dishware and utensils

Used K-cups

In North America, we generate enough used K-cup capsules to circle the globe more than 10 times every year. K-cup capsules are not yet recyclable in single-stream recycling but you can recycle them here at Emerson through the Terra Cycle program. K-cup recycling bins are located in residence hall laundry rooms and in participating offices. Does you office need a bin? Contact Amy Elvidge for more information.
 

Battery recycling in residence hall lobbies

Batteries are collected for recycling in designated blue boxes found in the lobbies of each residence hall. Look for the wall poster and the distinctive box below. 

Bulbs can be safely disposed of through the help of facilities, please put in a work order to have your bulbs collected. To put in a ticket for a work order, you must sign in to our work order system using your ECNet username and password.

Electronic waste
E-waste, or electronic equipment including computers, monitors, printers, used ink cartridges and electronics, can be safely recycled with the help of the IT Help Desk. Please bring your items to the desk to have them safely disposed of or recycled.

Office supplies
Unwanted or unnecessary office supplies such as binders, CDs/DVDs, waste bins, desk accessories, staplers, filing and storage items, and writing utensils can be recycled or safely disposed of. Please put in a work order to have your items collected. To put in a ticket for a work order, you must sign in to our work order system using your ECNet username and password.

Unwanted or unnecessary furniture such as chairs, desks, lamps and file cabinets are collected and donated to charities or safely disposed of. Please put in a work order to have your items collected. To put in a ticket for a work order, you must sign in to our work order system using your ECNet username and password.