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


Recycling is the easiest and most effective way to act in an eco-friendly manner. You can do your part for the earth every day simply by recycling your bottles, cans, paper, and other waste products.


Recyclying Results

In the 2015 Fiscal Year, Boston College continued to increase its recycling rate. Below are recycling results, materials use, and waste from June 2015 through May 2015.

Total Materials Collected
4564.5 tons
Total Recycled
1867.5 tons
Recycling Rate


Food waste also accounts for a major portion of trash collected on campus. The dining halls at BC compost this food waste, collecting nearly 300 tons in the 2015 Fiscal Year.


Single-stream recycling

Single-stream recycling

Boston College is a single-stream recycling institution; meaning that all recyclables β€” including glass, plastic, aluminum, paper, and cardboard β€” are placed into a single bin. Eliminating the need to sort the materials makes recycling more user friendly.

Did you know that you can recycle wire clothes hangers, empty aerosol cans, and juice boxes as well?


recycling contests

What better way to encourage recycling than through a friendly competition? Visit our Recycling Contests page to read about the contests.


Check out the recycling video made by members of our team!


recycling in surrounding communities

For information related to recycling in your community, please see our Community Resources page.