Category Archives: Materials

Bottle Bills

Only 10 U.S. states have implemented bottle bills, leading to significantly higher recycling rates in those states. But a few politicians in Massachusetts are trying to repeal the state’s existing bottle bill. » read

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Next Up: The Bottle Bill

by M.T. Snyder
This November, voters in Massachusetts will decide on the future of the Bottle Bill, whether to expand it with a new update or to leave the existing bill in place.  Currently, the Massachusetts’s Bottle Bill, which was passed in 1982, places a five-cent deposit on all bottles that contain carbonated beverages as more »

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Confused about recycling at Hodgdon?

by Mina Brewer
Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do with you empty food containers from Hodgdon Good to Go. Luckily, we’ve made an easy guide to help you figure out how to responsibly get rid of them. These posters are downstairs in the food area (in more »

Posted in Paper, Plastics, Recycling 101, Tufts Dining, Uncategorized |dining disposables food hodgdon hodgdon good to go plastic recycling tuds

Lift The Lid Poster!

by Mina Brewer
Be on the lookout for these new posters – they will be put up around campus soon!

Posted in Campus Initiatives, Lift the Lid, Paper, Plastics, Uncategorized |coffee coffee cup lift the lid reycling rez

Lift The Lid!

by Mina Brewer
You’re finishing up a great cup of coffee from the rez, and, being a responsible student, go to recycle it. But wait – what? This coffee cup doesn’t fit easily into the hole in the paper recycling bin! And what to do with the lid?! Breathe. Don’t give up. Lift the more »

Posted in Campus Initiatives, Lift the Lid, Paper, Plastics, Recycling at Tufts, Uncategorized |coffee coffee cup lid lift the lid rez

Lint: To compost or not to compost?

by Lilly Wang
Lint, that dusty grey stuff that collects in your dryer, has recently been garnering some attention…
The EPA lists dryer lint as safe for compostin g , claiming that only biodegradable/natural fibers from cotton or wool clothing break down in the wash. According to the US Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, putting more »

Posted in Composting, Composting at Tufts, Plastics, Recycling at Home, Uncategorized |compost composting lint

How One Company is Recycling and Reusing Plastic Waste in the Ocean

by Lauren Ferrucci
We’ve all seen pictures of sea life caught in six pack rings, and plastic bags washed up on shore.  Not only is it heartbreaking, but it pollutes our environment and is a waste of materials. Have you ever wished that something could be done?
In fact, company Ecover more »

Posted in Beach & International Coastal Clean-up, Litter, Oceans, Plastics, Reduced, Reuse, Recycle (RRRs), Uncategorized |coastal cleanup ocean plastic reuse

Your Used Phones Go to a Great Cause!

by Lilly Wang
Ever wonder what happens to all the old phones that end up in the electronics recycling bins around campus?

… Well, the TuftsRecycles! team is proud to announce that 95 “gently-used” cell phones were sent out today to Cell Phones for Soldiers , a non-profit organization that sells old more »

Posted in Electronics, Reduced, Reuse, Recycle (RRRs), Reuse/DIY, Uncategorized |cell phone electronics phone reuse

How one man is starting a recycling revolution!

by Lauren Ferrucci
At age 23, Matthew Jose is helping to start a recycling revolution in India.  He began the organization Paperman, which helps promote recycling awareness and use recycling campaigns to support social causes.  Before he began Paperman, Matthew discovered that only 20% of the waste generated in India was recycled each year.  more »

Posted in Featured, Paper, Uncategorized |featured off the hill paper paper man recycle

Tape 'Em Up!

by Jordan Dashow
Remember to tape your batteries when you recycle them!
Regulations now require you to tape batteries (with clear, electrical, duct or masking tape) at both ends before recycling them. This regulation is meant to help prevent several problems during battery transportation, including fires. Batteries have been known to cause more »

Posted in Electronics, Recycling 101, Recycling at Tufts, Recycling Technology |batteries electronics recycle recycling tape em up