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What's Being Recycled on Campus

“the starting point for a better world is the belief that it is possible.” —norman cousins, journalist, professor, and world peace advocate

Single Stream

Poster about paper recycling

Paper of any color, size, or type — newspapers, magazines, file folders, copy paper, junk mail, cardboard, pizza boxes (so long as the leftovers are eaten first), you name it! — can be recycled on campus. Remember: “If you can rip it, you can recycle it.” However, used paper towels, napkins, and tissues cannot be recycled.

Although bath tissues and paper hand towels cannot be recycled, Boston College recently converted to using new EcoLogo-certified bathroom tissue and hand towels from Kruger Products. Four types of bath tissue and paper towels are currently in use in restrooms across campus, and the GreenQuality promise assures that the products are manufactured under the highest possible sustainability standard. The products in use contain 100% recycled fiber (RF) and 88% post-consumer (PC) content.

Poster about commingled recycling

Bottles and Plastics - Just about every plastic, metal, or glass container can be recycled on campus. Everything except Styrofoam and plastic bags can be recycled.

Water bottles, soda cans, tuna cans, or iced tea bottles can be tossed into the single Stream containers found throughout campus and in the residence halls, or into the black trash cans labeled “Bottles & Cans” found in the Dust Bowl and other outdoor areas.

Recycling Containers

All rooms on campus have personal recycling containers, and suites have an additional bin to encourage even more recycling on campus. This makes it easier for students to recycle in their rooms, then bring the material to the proper receptacles located in each residential building.

Used Ink Cartridges & Batteries

Battery Box

When it's time to replace the ink in your printer, bring the used cartridge down to your building’s laundry room and place it in a white box on the wall labeled “Ink Cartridge Recycling.” (To dispose of toner cartridges from laser printers, fill out the form on this page.)

Only rechargeable batteries and button batteries need to be recycled.

Computers & Electronics

Computers & Electronics

Not sure what to do with that old busted printer? Bring it to Information Technology Services (ITS) and have them recycle it for you. For more information, see the “Out with the Old” section of our Information Technology page, or visit Environmental Health & Safety's Special Recycling page.

BC Clean

BClean logo

BC CLEAN is one of the many ways Boston College helps the environment — and the local community. Students living on Lower Campus can donate items that are still good but that they cannot or do not want to bring home for the summer; volunteers sort them and donate them to more than 128 different agencies. Cleansweep allows members of BC to connect with and support the Greater Boston community in a thoughtful, respectful, meaningful, and helpful manner.

Construction Projects

Gasson Hall in background, students in foreground

Construction and Demolition Waste (C&D) - Boston College recycles as much as possible when beginning work on new projects or when renovating older buildings. Material used or being replaced in construction projects is specified to be energy saving, especially for certain types of mechanical equipment. Recycling goals for future large-scale projects are projected to be around 85%.

Carpet Recycling


Boston College has recently introduced a new carpet recycling program, which has enjoyed substantial success during renovation projects that require carpet replacement. Not only was the amount of waste carpet ending up in landfill reduced, BC was also able to gain value-added services from Allied Waste, the waste management company. It turns out that effective segregation and recycling of waste materials benefits waste management providers as well. Allied Waste provided the carpet containers, as well as the trash and recycle totes in the Mods, free of charge.