How to Recycle – Medford/Somerville

Mixed Recycling

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

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 pictured below.

A central waste station.

A central waste station consisting of a trash bin (labeled “landfill”) and a recycling bin (labeled “mixed recycling”)

A desk-side waste station

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

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

gmap2Tufts Medford/Somerville Waste Stations