Recycling and Waste Minimization

Wentworth offers extensive recycling services on campus. 

Garbology

The Green Team sorts through trash bags to recover recyclables, as part of the “Garbology” event on campus. To read the full article, click here.

Fun Facts

  • Over 420,000 pounds of recyclables were collected across campus in 2012!
  • In 2012, Wentworth recycled 240 gallons of used vegetable oil, which is the equivalent of powering an average U.S. household for 104 days! Click here to learn more about Professor Greg Sirokman's biodiesel project.
  • Wentworth composted 35.5 tons of dining prep food waste in 2012. To learn more about Chartwell's efforts to minimize dining waste, click here.

The chart above displays Wentworth's waste generation by category for 2012.

Minimizing Waste on Campus

Single-stream collection areas for paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics and metals are provided in every residence hall and many academic buildings on campus. Additionally, Wentworth also accepts food and clothing donations, and collects E-waste such as batteries and electronics. Wentworth has also been a participant in Recyclemania, a nationwide recycling competition, for three years. In 2012, 70,000 pounds of materials were diverted over 10 weeks. The most recent addition to the waste diversion program are material re-use shelves in the architecture studios. Here, students may take and leave unwanted materials to use for projects and model-making.

Guidelines for campus recycling can be found on the Physical Plant website:  Recycling Do's and Don'ts

Project STRIVE

Daily collections are managed through Wentworth’s award-winning recycling program, Project STRIVE, which has been in existence for over 20 years. Students from Boston Public School’s “School-to-Career” program collect recyclable materials around campus and clean and sort them for hauling. This program has employed over 2,500 students and has won numerous awards at the local, state, and national level.  Project STRIVE has become a regional model for career training for students with special needs.

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