Single stream or mixed recycling means that all recyclables can be placed into the same bin. Paper, metal, cardboard, and plastic can all be placed into the bin with the blue label that reads "Mixed Recycling". Mixed recycling increases the rate at which individuals recycle because it is easier than ever before!
Anything that is put into the recycling bin must be clean and dry. No liquids can be put into the recycling. Paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal can all be put into the same bin as long as they are clean and dry. Grease from food or leftover coffee will soil any paper products that could have been recycled.
Plastic bags cannot be put into recycling bins around campus but, bags can be collected and recycled in bulk. Grocery stores will collect any bags that are returned and recycle when once they’ve collected enough.
Recycling is a complex process and only starts when you put your recyclables into the bin. The recyclables are then taken to the Material Recovery Facility where materials are sorted by type. The sorted materials are then sold to producers who will make new products out of the recycled materials. Learn more about the recycling process.
You know what is better than recycling? Reducing! Reduce the amount of waste that you produce. The five Rs of environmentalism are: Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, and Rot. Recycling and composting are the last two steps, it is always better to refuse disposable goods and to use what you already have before you recycle.
Non-greasy parts of pizza boxes can be recycled! Separate the greasy side from the non-greasy side and then recycle the non-greasy side. The greasy side of the box can be thrown away or composted. Check out this video on how to recycle a pizza box:
All hard plastics can be recycled. To determine if a plastic is hard, drop it and if it makes a noise then it is a hard plastic. Generally, all plastic wrapping and bags cannot be recycled while containers can be.
If you’re not sure what is recyclable at Tufts then first go to the recycling website and if it does not have the information that you’re looking for then you can email all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org