Recycling, Waste and Composting

Emmanuel College Boston has made a commitment to recycle more and waste less and rely on our College community to help us with this effort.


Waste is collected from common spaces, offices and dining facilities daily. This is then brought to trash compactor for on-demand hauler pickups.


Recycling is collected from common spaces, classroom and offices 6 days a week, dining facilities daily and each residence hall at least twice a week. Materials are then brought to the single-stream compactor for on-demand hauler pickup.

In July 2014, the College introduced single-stream recycling across campus. This allows users to conveniently place all recyclable items, such as newspaper, cardboard, mixed paper, magazines, aluminum and plastic, all in one bin.

As part of this change, the Facilities Department standardized the waste and recycling bins within offices, classrooms and conference spaces as well as the residence halls. Each bin has a sticker to let you know which items go where. Similar signage is placed next to our waste and recycling stations in our public locations. See What + Where Can I Recycle?

Below is a chart comparing July 2015 through November 2016 to the same period last year:

Commodity (tons)July 2016-November 2016 TOTALSJuly 2015-November  2015 TOTALS
Waste 109.8 107.7 2% increase
Recycling 25.7 31.8 19% reduction*
*Please note: The decrease in overall recycling tonnage may be attributed to the reduction of on-campus residential space and subsequent waste generation due to the removal of Julie Hall (June 2016).


In October 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection expanded its existing waste bans to include organics. This new ban requires any institution that generates at least one ton of organic food waste each week to divert these materials from the solid waste stream. In an effort to comply with this new regulation and revitalize Emmanuel's sustainability initiatives, we also launched a composting program in the Marian Hall Dining Room.

At first, the program focused on capturing food scraps during meal preparation. This is known as back-of-the-house composting and takes place behind the scenes. In an effort to engage the College community, Emmanuel launched a front-of-the-house composting program in September 2015 after a successful pilot during the Spring 2015 semester.

Contact Us
Please feel free to contact us at
with any questions or concerns you may have regarding our green efforts.

Explore Emmanuel

Learn More
Emmanuel Nursing Program Ranked Among Top in New England

With the release of its 2018 rankings of the top U.S. nursing schools, Nursing Schools Almanac placed Emmanuel College among the top nursing schools in New England. Of the 3,000 institutions assessed by Nursing Schools Almanac's research team, only 15% made the list of top schools in each geographic region.

Learn More
The Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA)

In a city known for innovation in healthcare, opportunities for Emmanuel students are bolstered by our location within the world-renowned Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA). With walking-distance access to cutting-edge scientific and medical institutions, ours is a neighborhood that stands hand-in-hand with the future.

Learn More
Learn More
Learn More
Learn More
Jolie Erlacher ’19 Finds Purpose Counseling Those in Need

As early as her second year at Emmanuel College, Jolie Erlacher '19 discovered the power of networking, seeing firsthand how the connections she has made at Emmanuel-and then beyond-have affected the course of her academic and career trajectory, each opportunity opening a door to the next.

Learn More
Featured Faculty: Rebecca Moryl

Dr. Rebecca Moryl is an Associate Professor of Economics at Emmanuel College. Professor Moryl teaches on subjects including microeconomics, economic relations, the politics of international economic relations and urban economics. She believes that understanding economics is critical to understanding the worlds-big and small-in which we live.

Learn More
Featured Faculty: Aren Gerdon

Professor Aren Gerdon is the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Emmanuel College. He leads his own chemistry research group, focusing on biomaterials, and works closely with other research groups across campus. Professor Gerdon is passionate about sharing his deep knowledge of chemistry with his students, guiding them from class work to practical, real-world lab experiments.

Learn More
Featured Faculty: Petros Vamvakas

Petros Vamvakas is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies and Peace Studies Programs. His work focuses on security and democratization, as well as issues related to identity and race in politics throughout the Americas. As part of his teaching, he has escorted groups of students to Crete, Greece, and will be bringing a group of students to Cuba.

Learn More
Learn More
Learn More

Let's Get Started.

Emmanuel is a place where students broaden their sense of what’s possible and prepare for inspiring careers in an ever-changing world. Be here.