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Hampshire College Trash and Recycling Program

We are pleased to announce that Republic Services of Chicopee has been awarded a contract for the removal of trash and recyclables from the College. We moved from a dual stream recycling process that separates bottles, cans, and paper to a single stream "All in One" process that combines recyclables into one receptacle. The program started in July 2014.

As part of the new program, we have been upgrading our container collection system to be more user-friendly. We've been installing color coded bins that are consistent throughout campus. Very simply, blue is for recyclables and black is for waste. Depending on the location, the shape and size of the receptacle may differ, but the colors blue and black will remain consistent.

Having a clear understanding of what can be recycled is important. To help inform our community, Tom Walsh has arranged for a series of informational meetings with representatives from the schools and departments across campus, and with students upon their return in September. In addition, information listing the "Yes and No" of what can be recycled is posted at public recycle and waste locations.

There are some minor changes to the system, all intended to make Hampshire’s waste and recycling program more efficient, green and cost effective.

  • Working with our waste stream advisor from Republic to provide added value to Hampshire College’s program by setting up smarter, more efficient and cost-effective material management solutions.
  • Performing waste audits to identify materials that can be eliminated or diverted. They pinpoint cost-effective solutions to minimize waste and maximize recycling and diversion.
  • Setting up strategically placed waste and recycling stations to reduce pick ups from offices to realign our custodial workload with industry standards.
  • Trash and recycling being picked up in offices once a week.
  • Overall reduce our waste footprint and increase our diversion rates.
  • Student bedrooms contain a blue recycling container with a black waste container.
  • Dorm lounges contain a 23 gallon recycling container with a 23 gallon black waste container.
  • High profile lobby areas contain square, metal, color coded containers for waste and recycling.
  • Offices contain a blue recycling container with a black waste container.
  • Other areas of buildings contain a 23 gallon recycling container with a 23 gallon black waster container.

What can be recycled?

View the "Yes and No" of what can go in the recycling boxes

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