The Tufts Recycling & Waste Management program began in 1990 as a student-run initiative and has grown into a comprehensive program managed jointly by Facilities Services and the Office of Sustainability. Tufts’ recycling and reuse initiatives also include composting, freecycle opportunities, Terracycle, and junk mail reduction programs. Tufts routinely recycles everything from cans and bottles to e-waste, printer cartridges, vehicle tires, batteries, tennis balls, and mattresses. We work closely with our custodial contractor, as well as with our waste hauler, to ensure that recycling at Tufts reaches its fullest potential.
We strive to be at the forefront of innovations that promote the wise use and conservation of resources. Our vision for waste at Tufts describes a future in which each member of the Tufts community considers the impact of purchasing and disposing of an object and chooses the option that best supports a world without waste. This idea, also known as cradle-to-cradle, means taking into account the entire life cycle of a product and its components – from the extraction of raw materials, processing, manufacturing, transportation and distribution, use and purpose, repair and maintenance, reuse potential, and ultimately, recycling or disposal.
Waste Reduction Strategy
In 2012, President Anthony Monaco established the Campus Sustainability Council. In 2013, the Council set a series of goals for sustainability in campus operations, including waste reduction. Tufts aims to reduce waste by 3 percent each year, on average, through source reduction, waste management strategies, and behavior change. For a comprehensive list of objectives and supporting strategies, please read the Campus Sustainability Council Report. Each year, the university releases updates on its progress in the Campus Sustainability Progress Report.