Recycling at Tufts

Mixed Recycling

Mixed recycling means all the materials that you currently recycle will remain the same but will not need to be separated. This video provides a quick overview of how to recycle at Tufts.

All recyclable paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass items should be placed in the mixed recycling bin pictured below.

Please follow these guidelines to avoid contaminating the recycling:

  1. Dump out liquids.
  2. Wipe out messy food containers.

Contact with any questions.

Mixed Recycling Waste Station



  • 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




  • 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




  • 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




  • 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 Maximo request if you have a large amount of metal to recycle.




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

  • Pyrex
  • Broken glass
  • Lightbulbs (these go in the electronic waste bins)
  • Heat-resistant lab glass
  • Any type of glass that is not a jar or bottle