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Recycling Office leads the Institute's efforts to reduce waste

Whether it's conducting a waste audit, collecting items for Trash2Treasure, or hosting Choose to Reuse, the Recycling and Materials Management Office is on the forefront of the Institute's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Through educational initiatives and infrastructure improvements made by the Recycling Office, during the past three fiscal years the Institute produced less trash and more recycling. From FY15 to FY16 there was an increase of 120 tons of single stream. That's a lot of plastic, paper, glass and aluminum diverted from landfills and incinerators. For more information about MIT recycling statistics, contact the Recycling Office at

Here and throughout these webpages you will find resources to help you reduce your own carbon footprint.

Choose to Reuse celebrates Earth Week

In honor of Earth Week, Choose to Reuse will feature a special Garden Section. Bring in your extra pots, plant cuttings, books and magazines. Plants both inside and outside take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen a byproduct of photosynthesis. They are not only pretty to look at, they help save the planet!

MIT Reuse and Repair Fair

On Friday, March 10, the Recycling Office co-hosted a special event in the Stratton Student Center through our membership in PLAN. The MIT Reuse and Repair Fair featured: a special Choose to Reuse clothing swap; information on how you can repair your own electronics rather than buying new using techniques by iFixit; and more. A special feature was a stop by the Patagonia Worn Wear truck as it makes its way across the country on its College Tour. At the event on March 10, over 800 people stopped by to have an item repaired or learned how to repair an item.

Friday evening in the Stratton Student Center, the MIT Waste Alliance and Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) co-hosted a panel discussion "What to Do, How to Live: Personal Activism for a Threatened Planet". Nearly 200 people attended the event, which was moderated by Amanda Graham, executive director of ESI.

Committees and Offices who participated in the events include:

 Choose to Reuse FAQs
 Working Green at MIT
 Mass Department of Environmental Protection: Waste & Recycling
 Cambridge Department of Public Works
 Plastic Film
 Single Stream
 Technocycle/Electronic Waste
 All Posters shown on one flyer
 Glass Box Labels
 Labels for Bins_4x6
 Lab Recycling


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Recycling and Materials Management

Ruth T. Davis

Jarrod Jones
Recycling and Solid Waste Management

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