Recycling + Waste

Recycling, Waste + 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?


We have seen amazing results so far! Comparing July 2014 through June 2015 to the same period last year, we have seen a 36% decrease in our solid waste tonnage and a 60% increase in our recycling rate.

Commodity (tons)July 2014-June 2015 TOTALSJuly 2013-June 2014 TOTALS
Waste 282.5 443.9
Recycling 60.5 37.7



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 Main Dining Room.

We have been focused on capturing food scraps during meal preparation. This is known as back-of-the-house composting and has taken place behind the scenes. Again, we have been incredibly successful. Thanks to the hard work of Bon Appetit staff, Emmanuel has already diverted almost 121,000 pounds of food waste from landfills!

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