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To further our sustainability mission, Massasoit is committed to reducing our ecological footprint by minimizing our waste stream to landfill through various recycling programs. Our goal is to achieve a recycling rate of 40% in 2020, and we need your help!

Recycling at Massasoit could not be easier! Massasoit practices Mixed Recycling, also known as Single Stream Recycling,  which means that all recyclable items — paper, plastic, metal, glass — go into one container. Be sure to look for the blue containers around campus to toss  your recyclables. Massasoit is a RecycleSmart partner, an initiative sponsored by the MA Department of Environmental Protection. RecycleSmart provides guidance on what items can and cannot be put into single stream recycling bins, either here on campus or at home, as well as information about other recycling issues and challenges.

Massasoit also has on-campus collection programs to recycle or re-purpose your used, unwanted everyday household items, such as textiles, keys, inkjet cartridges, books/CDs/DVDs, eyeglasses, and cell phones. Not only will your donations to these programs  help divert waste from landfills, they will also go to support good causes.

Hard-to-recycle items not mentioned above such as computers, compact fluorescent light bulbs and plastic bags are acceptable at various retailers and local municipalities.

What is recycling?

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown  away as trash and turning them into new products.

What are the Benefits of recycling?

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators;
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals;
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials;
  • Saves energy;
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change;
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations;
  • Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.

Recycling Resources:

US Environmental Protection Agency – information on the 3 Rs — reduce, reuse, recycle

Earth911 – information on where to take hard-to-recycle items

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection – information on recycling in MA and your community

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