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How to Recycle

“the 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. However, it can be hard for beginners to remember exactly what they can and can't toss in the blue bin. Luckily, Boston College uses single stream recycling, which means you can throw all your recycleables in one bin, theres no need to sort it. BC uses a company called Save That Stuff to collect their waste and salvage as many recylable items as possible. However, make sure to rinse recyclable containers before recycling them. Some items are unsalvagable after they've come into contact with food, like a pizza box soaked with oil. 

 Use the guide below to make a huge difference in reducing thr trash that ends up in landfills. BC is also in the process of creating new shadow boxes over each trash, recycling, and compsot bin in the dining halls so that its super asy for studens to correctly sort their waste. 

recycling chart
TIP: Still unsure if your item is recyclable? Check the bottom for a recycle sign. Also, a good hack is that if you can rip it, you can most likely recycle it. 

Other objects that can be recycled:

  • Aluminum Foil 
  • brown paper bags
  • paper packaging 
  • milk and juice cartons
  • food boxes 
These CANNOT be recycled:
  • ice cream containers (unless hard plastic)
  • styrofoam 
  • soiled paper or food containers 
  • corks
  • boxes with a wax coating