in the bin

UMass Medical School is committed to the ambitious goal of reducing its overall waste stream and to increasing the amount of recycled waste from the current 30 percent of all waste to 50 percent. To help the campus reach that target, Facilities is working on expanding recycling locations, signage and options for recycling items.  UMass Medical School is also diverting some of its organic waste to a local farm and currently looking to expand this program. 


Simple Stream Recycling, "in the bin"

 Acceptable Items

  • Cardboard/Cardboard Trays
  • Paperboard
  • Newspaper & Magazines
  • Pamphlets & Brochures
  • Non-Hippa Office Paper (including shredded paper)
  • Envelopes (including windows)
  • Folders (including hanging folders)
  • Phone Books
  • Milk/Juice Cartons
  • Paper Coffee Cups
  • Aluminum & Tin Cans
  • Glass Bottles & Jars
  • Rigid Plastic (#1 thru #7)

**IMPORTANT** All food & beverage containers must be empty

 Not Acceptable in Single-Stream

  •  Packaging Contaminated with Food or Grease
    •  Paper Towels, Napkins, Tissue
  •  K-Cups
  • Light Bulbs
  • Styrofoam (Food Trays, Coffee Cups & Packing Materials
  • Plastic Bags, Film, Wrappers
    • Examples: Chip Bags, Candy & Snack Wrappers, etc.
  • Toner Cartridges
  • Office Equipment /Electronics/Rechargeable Batteries
  • Food Waste

 Other items we recycle

Ink cartridges: recycling old ink a toner cartridges in one of three ways 1) return by mail using manufacture supplied shipping label, 2) return to Office Max delivery personnel, 3) deposit in ink and toner recycling bin located on the trash docks. The new program developed though

Electronics: Computers, monitors, appliances, medical and research equipment can be recycled by depositing items in the carboard bin on the main school/hospital trash dock

Battery Recycling: Recharable batteries and cell phones are recycled through Call2Recycle. Alkaline batteries are not recycled and can be deposited in the the regular trash.

Where to recycle

Look on campus for blue recycling bins in common areas, offices and conference rooms. If you want more information, or need additional bins, please contact

New Signage

New Recycling and Trash Sinage for office areas

New Recycling and Trash Signage for cafeterias

New Recycling and Trash Signage for Clinical Areas

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