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A mixed recycling waste station, with one landfill bin and one mixed recycling bin

This is a Tufts central waste station. Each central waste station has a recycling bin and a landfill bin. They should always be together!

The recycling bin should always have a blue UFO-shaped recycling lid. If you see a recycling bin without a lid, please submit a work order to Facilities Services so the lid can be replaced as soon as possible.

Tufts Recycling Basics:

  • Mixed recycling means we have single-stream recycling. All recyclable items should be placed in the mixed recycling bin: paper, cardboard, hard plastic, metal, and glass containers.
  • Plastic items: Make sure you are recycling rigid plastic items like plastic containers. DO NOT recycle filmy plastics. All soft plastics should go in the trash bin or a Trex specialty recycling bin.
  • Paper/cardboard items: If the item is greasy, put it in the compost or trash bin.
  • Do not put any food or liquids in the recycling bin. Make sure all containers are free of food waste before recycling and that all bottles are empty.

Please see below for a short video, more recycling info, and our downloadable wall signs.

Do not contaminate the recycling. Please follow these guidelines:

All paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass items should be placed in the mixed recycling bin:

Paper 

Accepted:

  • Office paper: including white, colored and glossy paper (even with staples in it)
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Envelopes (even with plastic windows)
  • Phone books
  • Clean paper bags
  • Empty coffee cups with the plastic lid
  • Clean paper plates
  • Asceptic containers, known as Tetra Paks
Do not recycle:

  • Paper towels
  • Soiled paper plates or to-go boxes with food on or inside
  • Waxy paper plates
  • Tissues
  • Dirty or soiled items

Cardboard 

Accepted:

  • All corrugated and non-corrugated cardboard boxes (please break down boxes)
  • Juice or milk cartons
  • Tops of pizza boxes, clean of food waste
  • Frozen food paper boxes
  • Paperboard boxes like a cereal box
Do not recycle:

  • Greasy pizza box bottoms

Plastic 

Accepted:

  • All clean rigid plastic (wipe or rinse out food waste)
  • Takeout containers
  • Yogurt cups
  • Plastic bottles
Do not recycle:

  • To-go containers covered in food (rinse or wipe to recycle)
  • Filmy plastics (grocery bags, Ziplocs, and plastic wrap even if they have a recycling symbol on them)
  • Foil chip bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Bioplastics
  • Disposable gloves

Metal

Accepted:

  • Cans (before recycling, empty out the contents/liquid)
  • Aluminum foil products (including clean aluminum to-go containers)
  • Empty food and beverage containers
Do not recycle:

  • Other metal (e.g. coat hangers, pans, random metal objects).
    These items must be processed separately; submit a service request if you have a large amount of metal to recycle.

Glass

Accepted:

  • Jars and bottles only (before recycling, empty out the contents/liquid). Any color of glass is accepted.
Do not recycle:

  • Pyrex
  • Broken glass
  • Lightbulbs (incandescent and LED bulbs go in the trash, submit a service request to dispose of CFLs)
  • All string lights should go in the trash
  • Heat-resistant lab glass
  • Any type of glass that is not a jar or bottle