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Due to recent changes in recycling, blue-tinted liners will no longer be accepted at the recycling center:

  • Recycling Bins: Moving forward, all recycling will be collected in clear bags.
  • Landfill Bins: Blue-tinted bags will now be used to collect trash until they run out.

Please note that the blue UFO-shaped recycling lids will remain on the recycling bins. 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.

Mixed Recycling

Tufts recently transitioned to mixed recycling. Please watch this video for more information about how to recycle or see a comprehensive list of accepted items at the bottom of the page.

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.

A desk-side waste station consisting of a recycling bin and a trash buddy:



  • 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

Tufts Medford/Somerville Waste Stations