The WPI recycling program handles paper, cardboard, plastics #1-#7 (nearly all), glass, batteries, used electronics and components, lights, ballasts, books, and surplus (bulky items like furniture). For an easy reference guide to the single stream program see this WPI Single Stream Recycling Guidelines (PDF) file. For off-campus waste information, see the Waste Management Recycling Guide and mythbusting fact sheet (PDF). E-waste bins for electronics are present in most academic buildings, ask where at the main office.
Contact WPI Department of Facilities, +1-508-831-5500 If you have any questions or concerns about the disposal of any other materials.
If you see a place that needs recycling bins, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestion.
- Styrofoam and paper cups
- Plastic bags
- Containers with food residue
- Plastic wrappers
- Disposable utensils and straws
- Clean and empty containers:
Food Waste (CC, POD)
- Beverages (liquid only)
- Electronics (phones)
Measuring Waste at WPI
TARGET RECYCLING RATE
Project Clean Plate
OF STUDENTS WASTE FOOD
WASTED PER PERSON
This data was collected in B term of 2018 by the Green Team and Waste Management at the POD during the Project Clean Plate events.
Waste Disposal at WPI
WPI attempts to divert as much waste as possible, therefore most of our trash is used to generate energy through incineration, our collected food waste is sent to a local pig farmer, unserved food is collected by the Food Recovery Network and donated, and recyclables are sent to recycling plants.
The Green Team helps organize an E-Waste Drive every year with the Office of Sustainability to divert electronics from the landfill.