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Recycling Office leads the Institute's efforts to reduce waste

What better way is there to reduce our impact on the earth's resources than by just using less stuff. Consume less and reuse or recycle what you do use. That leads to zero waste. The Recycling Office knows that the more MIT recycles materials and reduces the amount of trash we produce, the more the Institute can save financially and contribute to a sustainable environment.

In 2015, the community recycled over 1,340 tons of mixed paper, plastics, bottles and cans; 51 tons of electronic waste; 82 tons of wood and metal harvested from discarded furnishings! For more information about MIT recycling statistics, contact the Recycling program at

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

Reuse Opportunities

There are resources both on and off campus for you to get and donate stuff.

  • The Choose to Reuse event is held on the third Thursday during the academic year on the first floor of the Stata Center, Building 32. Volunteers are welcome to help sort items. All items are donated by and for the MIT Community. Everything is FREE!
  • Sign up at to join the Reuse email list.
  • MIT furniture exchange: Gently used furniture for incoming students
  • Goodwill: Finding and donating everything from clothing to furniture to books
  • Boomerangs: Donate or purchase everything from clothing to books
  • Freecycle: Great place to get things for free
  • Craigslist: Great resource for buying and selling used things
  • More reuse resources on and off campus can be found on the Working Green website.

Getting Around/Transportation Options

There's no need to own a car in Cambridge with all the alternative options available.

  • Sign up to purchase an MBTA passes: Bostonís buses, trains, and subways are another way to get around
  • Bicycles: Bikes are the best way to get around in Cambridge
  • Hubway: MIT subsidizes Hubway memberships to enourage people to bicycle around campus
  • Boston bikeshare system: Easy way to rent a bicycle to get to your destination
  • Zipcar: Convenient and easy way to rent a car
  • Relayrides: A great way to rent a car for a short or long period of time

Fresh produce and other food opportunities

Discover where fresh produce and free food are available. Also, look for compostable collection bins to use to discard organic materials.

  • Sign up for to receive emails about where there is free food available. Be prepared to bring your own utensils and containers.
  • Farmers markets: Farmers markets are around Cambridge almost every day of the week

MIT Collaborations underway

These are just a sampling of the student groups you can join! Also, check out the offices at MIT who are working on sustainability efforts.

 Working Green at MIT
 Mass Department of Environmental Protection: Waste & Recycling
 Cambridge Department of Public Works
 Plastic Film
 Single Stream
 Technocycle/Electronic Waste
 Glass Box Labels
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 Lab Recycling


Department Directory

Recycling and Materials Management

Ruth T. Davis

Jarrod Jones
Recycling and Solid Waste Management

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