Boston College uses single stream recycling, which means you can throw all your recyclables in one bin, there is no need to sort it.

About Recycling

Single Stream
 
Most recyclable items can be placed in single stream recycling bins, including:
  • Glass and plastic bottles
  • Empty, clean cardboard food and drink containers
  • Aluminum cans: soda, tuna, etc.
  • Empty, clean, plastic food containers, etc.
  • Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, cardboard

Blue single stream recycling bins are distributed all around campus. Exterior bins have blue bands near the top. Maroon recycling bins are provided in all residence hall rooms.

Universal Waste

For up-to-date information on recycling batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, mercury-containing items, refer to the Environmental Health & Safety website

E-Waste

Work-related personal electronics, computers and printers can be recycled by putting in a work ticket at bc.edu/ops

Ink Cartridges 

Ink cartridges may be recycled at office supply stores or by returning them to the manufacturer.

 

For more information, download A Student Guide to Sustainable Living at Boston College.

Recycling in Residence Halls

Each room has a recycling bin and there are larger recycling bins placed at designated areas in each residence hall:

Lower Campus

Building Location
66 Commonwealth Avenue Basement: Lounge outside of Chapel
90 T. More Drive All floors: Recycle rooms near elevator
Edmonds Hall 9th–1st floors: Lobbies next to elevator
Gabelli Hall 5th, 4th, and 3rd floors: Trash room
Gabelli Hall 2nd floor: Outside TV lounge
Greycliff Hall 1st floor: Lounge
Ignacio Hall 6th–1st floors: Lobbies
Rubenstein Hall 6th–1st floors: Lobbies
Vanderslice Hall All floors: Recycle rooms near elevator
Voute Hall 1st floor: Under center stairwell
Voute Hall 5th–2nd floors: Next to elevators
Walsh Hall 1st floor: Laundry room
Walsh Hall 6th–2nd floors: Trash room
Walsh Hall 8th, 7th floors: Next to lounge

Upper Campus

Building Location
Cheverus Hall 1st floor: Vending room by laundry room
Fenwick Hall 1st floor: Near the gate
Fitzpatrick Hall Basement: Vending room
Gonzaga Hall 1st floor: Kostka side
Kostka Hall 1st floor: Staircase next to Shaw House
Loyola Hall 1st floor: Study lounge
Medeiros Hall A, B, and C Outside: Right side, entranceways
Shaw Hall 1st floor: Kitchen
Roncalli Hall Basement: Lounge
Welch Hall Basement: Vending room
Williams Hall Basement: Vending room

Newton Campus

Building Location
Cushing Hall Basement: Laundry room
Duchesne Hall 1st floor: lounge
Hardey Hall Basement: Laundry room
Keyes Hall Basement at west side entrance door

Recycling in Administrative and Academic Facilities

To request an office recycling bin, please call 617-552-0338. One will be delivered to you within a few days.

Buildings:

Located throughout all administrative buildings on most floors are maroon toters for mixed paper and newspapers. Each office should have a small deskside recycle basket. Custodians assigned to the first or second shifts empty the baskets as needed throughout the year.

Houses:

Each office should have a small deskside recycle basket. Custodians assigned to the first shift will empty the baskets as needed throughout the year.

Every Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m., our trash and recycling company, Save That Stuff, empties the toters outside these facilities and transports the recycle load to their processing building in Charlestown. In addition, Custodians on the first and second shifts help separate cardboard from the trash.

The collected cardboard is placed in dumpsters located at Lower Dining Hall, Fulton, Service Building, McElroy, and the Law Library Dock.

Recycling in Athletic Facilities

To request a recycling bin, please call 617-552-0338. One will be delivered to you within a few days.

Located throughout all athletic facilities on most floors are maroon toters for mixed paper and newspapers. Each office should have a small deskside recycle basket. Custodians assigned to the first or second shift empty the baskets as needed throughout the year.

Every Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m., our third-shift custodians place the toters outside each building. In turn, our trash and recycling company, Save That Stuff, empties the toters and transports the recycle load to KTI in Charlestown. In addition, custodians on the first and second shifts help separate cardboard from the trash.

Special containers are provided in Alumni Stadium, Conte Forum, and all luxury boxes for use during games and special events. The collected cardboard is placed in a dumpster located at Conte Forum.