UMass Boston has had a comprehensive recycling and composting program for more than a decade. Over the years, the campus has increased the scope of recyclable materials and also the purchase of green and recyclable products such as paper cups, recycling bins made with recycled content, e-waste recycling, and more. UMass Boston also recycles hazardous and universal waste. The campus also follows the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – from encouraging double-sided printing to purchasing benches and recycling bins and paper with recycled content. Throughout the year, office cleanouts allow for minimizing waste by recycling all the usual materials that are generated as waste when offices and staff transition. With expanded access to recycling every year, UMass Boston has diverted more than 3 million pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators in the past decade.
The campus recycles more than 700,000 lbs. of material a year, including:
- all types of paper
- bottles and cans - commingled - glass/metal/plastics #1-7
- furniture, construction and demolition, and bulk goods
- office supplies, including toner cartridges
- hazardous waste