Tufts Recycles! was launched by students in 1990 and today is a robust program of the Facilities Services department on all three campuses. Recycling bins for cardboard, paper, bottles and cans are located throughout all of the university’s administrative and academic buildings. Tufts Recycles! works closely with our custodial contractor UGL, and the recycling contractors, Save That Stuff and Herb’s Disposal, to ensure that campus recycling reaches its fullest potential. Tufts Recycles! strives to be at the forefront of promoting the wise use and conservation of resources. Its goal is to bring all campuses to “zero-waste” status.
The Path to Zero Waste
We are pleased to announce a new approach to waste minimization at Tufts. Our new resource management contractor, Save That Stuff Inc. (STS), is responsible for solid waste minimization and recycling on all three campuses. As a part of this new partnership, STS will help Tufts assess our total solid waste output and create a comprehensive waste minimization program which will include expanded recycling. STS is now collecting our trash, paper, glass, metal, and plastic university-wide, and will continue to collect food waste from several Medford campus eateries.
STS was instrumental in helping Boston University’s recycling rate grow from 3-34% over a three year period and for helping Boston College reach a 50% diversion rate over an eight year collaboration. We anticipate that this partnership will yield equally impressive results for Tufts.
Trash audits to gather data for school specific trash stream assessments have begun. Waste from the HNRCA and the Tufts Administration offices has been collected and the assessment is in process as of 9/25/13. The next site for a waste audit will be the Grafton campus.
Although our Dental School has a mixed-recycling program (glass, metal, paper, and plastic all in one) that caters to the varied backgrounds of the clinic patients, the rest of Tufts utilizes a dual stream approach, which means the paper is kept separate to help retain its high resale value. Single stream will be considered if our waste stream profiles reveal that it would help us reach our ambitious goal of a three percent annual waste reduction. In the meantime, please help us continue to keep our paper and boxes separate from other materials.
Need a quick refresher on recycling at Tufts? The August edition of Periscope has a nice refresher on recycling.
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