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
All glass bottles and jars of any color can be recycled. No pyrex, broken glass, light bulbs, or ceramics.
Recycle food and drink containers only. Larger metal items can be recycled by submitting a request via the Building Services tab in SAPweb.
Any plastic item with a recycling arrow (numbered 1-7) on the bottom is recyclable at MIT (excluding plastic bags - see section on plastic bags below for more information). Check for the recycling arrows on all plastics, including plastic food platters and covers, and clear plastic food containers. Please, no polystyrene, or Styrofoam containers, cups, or packing materials.
Plastic bags are recycled in a separate recycling stream from other plastics. Please do not put them the commingles recycling bins. Put plastic bags, bubble wrap, journal wrap, air pockets, and plastic wrap in an envelope (no larger than 10" x 13", please) and place in an interdepartmental mailbox addressed to "Recycling, NW62".
TechnoCycle bins are located in most MIT mailrooms. These bins will accept:
Small amounts of TechnoCycle can be sent via interdepartmental mail to: "TechnoCycle, NW62."
Facilities no longer charges for the pick-up of computer CPUs, monitors, printers, fax machines, and other electronics that weigh under 50 lbs for recycling. Go to the Building Services tab in SAPweb to request a pick-up.
For the pick-up and disposal of computer equipment weighing over 50 lbs, you must provide a cost object when filling out the form in SAPweb.
Smaller electronic media, accessories, and rechargeable batteries should go in Technocycle bins located in most MIT mailrooms.
* Items with an MIT sticker must be deactivated by the Property Office before equipment can be recycled. Call MIT extension 3-2779.
Recycle all paper in MIT's desk-side gray or blue paper recycling bins, blue-top "Slim Jim" bins, or large common area "newspaper" bins.
DO recycle in paper bins:
DO NOT recycle in bins:
Small pieces of corrugated cardboard and paperboard can be thrown in the desk-side bins or common area blue-top "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. Reuse packing material.
Soft cover paperback books, glossy or plain paper catalogs, phone books and course catalogs can be put in desk side recycling bins. To recycle large numbers of phonebooks or catalogs, submit a request via the Building Services tab in SAPweb.
Hardcover books can be placed in book donation bins located in back of Next House (Building W71) and on the north side of Building 56. Contents of these bins are picked up by an organization called Got Books. Books may also be donated to the MIT Student Furniture Exchange.
All MIT Distributed Mail Centers (DMC's), contain drop boxes for used toner cartridges. If your mail room needs a bin, or your bin needs emptying, submit a request via the Building Services tab in SAPweb.
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.
Buying recycled toner and inkjet cartridges creates demand for recycled cartridges and closes the loop. Office Depot sells most types of recycled or remanufactured cartridges. For more, see Buying Green.