Domestically manufactured alkaline batteries made after 1994 no longer contain mercury, so they can be disposed of safely in regular trash. However, nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries, button batteries (like those used in watches and hearing aids), and the lithium batteries in computers and cameras should NOT be put in regular trash.
Recycle all glass, aluminum, metal, and all plastics numbered 1-7. Any glass, aluminum, or plastic item can be placed in a recycling bin. Check the bottom of plastic cups, plates, utensils, catering trays and lids, and aluminum pans for the recycling arrows. Remove all food from the containers because food oils contaminate recycling. It is not necessary to remove labels or lids
Small pieces of corrugated cardboard and paperboard can be thrown in the desk side bins or common area blue "Slim Jim" bins. Boxes and larger amounts can be placed beside the desk side bins and will be removed for recycling by Custodial Services. Please help our custodians by flattening all of your cardboard boxes.
All glass bottles and jars of any color can be recycled. No pyrex, broken glass, light bulbs, or ceramics.
Recycle all paper in desk side or Slim Jim bins. Include all white and colored paper, newspapers, envelopes with or without plastic windows, file folders and manila envelopes (with metal or adhesive).
The number on plastic indicates what it is made from. Any plastic item numbered 1-7 is recyclable at MIT. However, even though plastic bags and styrofoam have a number, they are not recyclable through the single stream program.
*Plastic bags are recycled in a separate recycling stream from other plastics. Please do not put them the blue recycling bins.
To request a free pick up of monitors, CPUs, printers, fax machines and other equipment, or large volumes of TechnoCycle, submit a request through Atlas.
Items with an MIT sticker must be deactivated by the Property Office before equipment can be recycled. Call MIT extension 3-2779.
TechnoCycle bins are located in most Distributed Mail Centers (DMC's). These bins will accept:
Most DMCs contain drop boxes for used toner cartridges. If your mail room needs a bin, or your bin needs emptying, submit a request via Atlas.
Also in most mail rooms, you can find postage-paid mailers for recycling smaller inkjet cartridges. Smaller inkjet cartridges can also be recycled in TechnoCycle bins.