Recycling + Waste

Recycling, Waste + Composting

Emmanuel College Boston has made a commitment to recycle more and waste less and rely on our College community to help us with this effort.


Waste is collected from common spaces, offices and dining facilities daily. This is then brought to trash compactor for on-demand hauler pickups.


The College is introducing single-stream recycling across campus. This will allow users to conveniently place all recyclable items, such as newspaper, cardboard, mixed paper, magazines, aluminum and plastic, all in one bin.

Over the summer, the Facilities Department standardized the waste and recycling bins within offices, classrooms and conference spaces as well as the residence halls. Each bin will have a sticker to let you know which items go where. Similar signage will be placed next to our waste and recycling stations in our public locations. See What + Where Can I Recycle?

Below find Emmanuel's recycling tonnage from July 2009 through June 2014. We are excited to see the impact single-stream recycling has on our diversion rates!

Commodity (tons)July 2013-June 2014 TOTALS% changeJuly 2012-June 2013 TOTALS% changeJuly 2011-June 2012 TOTALS% changeJuly 2010-June 2011 TOTALS% changeJuly 2009-June 2010 TOTALS
Beverage Containers 18.61 160% 7.14 -27% 9.77 68% 5.83 47% 3.97
Mixed Paper 11.22 114% 5.23 -34% 7.89 -13% 9.05 51% 6.00
Cardboard (OCC) 7.88 60% 4.93 -25% 6.56 91% 3.44 184% 1.21



Effective October 1, 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is expanding its existing waste bans to include organics. This new ban requires any institution that generates at least one ton of organic food waste each week to divert these materials from the solid waste stream. In an effort to comply with this new regulation and revitalize Emmanuel's sustainability initiatives, we will also be launching a composting program in the Main Dining Room.

During the fall semester, we will focus on capturing food scraps during meal preparation. This is known as back-of-the-house composting and will primarily take place behind the scenes. The Facilities Department will continue to work closely with Bon Appetit to expand the program to allow our students to take a more active role through front-of-the-house composting.

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