In 2009, Harvard made recycling easier by adopting single stream recycling across campus—meaning all recyclable materials, including paper, boxes, bottles, cans, and containers, can be mixed together in the same receptacle. Eliminating any guesswork or confusion, the ease and convenience of single stream recycling helps to increase the amount of recyclables we divert from the waste stream.
Harvard's Schools and departments also run programs for e-waste and ink and toner cartridges. From piloting recycling at football tailgates, to challenging undergraduate Houses and staff offices through competitions, recycling at Harvard continues to evolve and reach new heights.
The Campus Services Recycling & Waste group also sends out a bi-monthly Harvard Recycling Update email to the community. Learn more
Single stream recycling
What can be recycled in the single stream bins?
|Paper Items & Cardboard||Glass Jars & Bottles||Plastics||Metal Cans & Foils|
Tips for successful recycling:
Before you toss an item in the trash bin, stop and ask yourself if it's recyclable first
Empty and flatten all cardboard items
Drain beverages and food items from containers
Place recycling in designated bins loose or in an old paper bag
Plastic recycling numbers can be located on the bottom of the plastic items
What can’t be recycled:
Trash: Plastic bags, films and wrappers, Styrofoam, used napkins, tissues, paper towels, and plastic utensils.
Compost: Where available, compost all food, tea bags, napkins, paper towels, and compostable products. Learn more