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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 during the Academic Year, 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.

Online Recycling Course

Have a question about what goes where in the waste streams at MIT? Then take the online course Responsible Waste Disposal Practices. This 10-minute course will test your knowledge while it informs you about where you should dispose of your every day waste. It can be found in the MIT Learning Center Course Catalog.

Restrictions on Recycling

With new restrictions being placed on recycling, we ask people to keep these items out of the Single Stream:

Do not include:

  • Single-use gloves of any kind or color
  • Animal bedding
  • Pipettes or pipette boxes
    (Ask your vendor to take them back, or place them in the trash

Regulated medical waste items that have always gone into a “burn” box will continue to do so.

Here’s how to dispose of PPE

Find out if it’s trash or recyclable

Partners in Sustainability on Campus

Committees and Offices with whom the Recycling Office works closely include:

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


Department Directory

Recycling and Materials Management

Ruth T. Davis

Jarrod Jones
Recycling and Solid Waste Management

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Office Hours: M - F, 7AM - 4:30PM
Phone: 617-253-4948
Building: 7-019

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