Clark University Recycling Guidelines
Sustainable Clark Recycles: Paper, Cardboard, Metal & Glass Containers and ALL Plastics #1 - #7.
Not only is recycling good for the environment and the economy, it's actually illegal not to recycle most of these things! Plus Clark gets direct financial benefit from managing recycleables as the valuable commodities they are. Many other things can be donated or recycled. See the list below for more than 20 other categories & information.
Of course, recycling comes last on the list: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Please donate any and all gently-used unwanted items to the Clark Community Thrift Store. They will find a good home, benefit sustaianbility and student run ventures, build local economies, and you will get a store discount coupon! And Rethink ways you can Reduce: consider packaging when you purchase, bring a cloth bag or just carry a few items, request that on-line shipments be packed in recycled paper - just a few examples!
Recycling bins for mixed clean paper and plastic/metal/glass are located throughout the Clark campus in residence halls, academic buildings, administrative offices, and common areas. Faculty and staff offices are provided blue deskside bins for paper and are welcome to designate a box or trash can for recycling plastic/metal/glass.
Please use the recycling bins! It might not always be super-convenient, but you know it's the right thing to do!
The student Recycling Crew picks up recyclables from every campus building once a week during the academic year. If you need an emergency pick-up or have a question about recycling that is not answered in the FAQ's or the Recycling Guidelines below please call Sustainable Clark, extension #7601.
Clark's Recycling Center, located at 501 Park Avenue, collects and processes campus recycling. It also handles responsible recycling of hazardous materials such as florescent light bulbs; electronic waste such as computers (also called e-waste); bulky metal items such as desks. Disposal of oils, solvents, paints and chemicals is managed according to regulations by Physical Plant staff. Please call Physical Plant at extension #7566 for pick-up of any of these specific items.
Clark Dining Services composts all used paper goods (like napkins), food scraps from the kitchen and the cafeteria, and compostable containers from the cafes. Please use the bin areas labeled for compost for all of these items when eating in the Caf or the Bistro. "If it was ever alive, you can compost it"!
Clark Composts! is new for Fall 2013 and coming to a residential hall near you - look for labelled bins in central locations and kitchens in Dodd, Wright, Johnson-Sanford Center. Designed, tested and funded by Clark students; Clark Composts! enables us to divert even more from landfill. Soiled paper, Bistro containers, dryer lint - the list goes on! Ask an Eco Rep or RA if in doubt.
Live off campus? The city of Worcester supports single-stream recycling (combine paper, plastic, glass & metal in one receptacle), and you can get a free recyling bin for curbside pick up. Ask your landlord or search the web for 'Worcester city recycling program'.
Items You Can Recycle & Donate for Re-Use
|Paper||copy paper, office paper, notebook paper, folders, envelopes, mail, magazines, glossy paper, tissue, newspaper, packaging, paper bags, colored paper, sticky notes. If you can rip it, you can recycle it!||bins marked 'Paper' throughout campus, paper clips, staples OK
OR, use the blank side for scrap paper!
Please no food, wet paper or grease!
|Confidential paper records||paper that includes personal or confidential information must be shredded||take to secure lock boxes on campus for Cintas shredding service (call ITS for locations) - it is recycled|
|Cardboard||boxes, corrugated cardboard, paperboard (thin cardboard like cereal boxes), milk and juice cartons, packaging, liners, pizza boxes, tubes (like inside paper towels), egg cartons||place next to 'Paper' recycling bins, remove inner plastic liners from boxes. Please flatten boxes!|
|Metal||aluminum cans, soda cans, steel cans (like soup cans), tin foil, foil containers, lids, anything made of metal or with metal parts||bins marked "Plastic, Metal, Glass"
Please empty and rinse out cans!
|Glass||bottles, jars, containers||bins marked 'Plastic, Metal, Glass', Lids on is OK
Please empty and rinse out jars!
|Plastics #1 - #7||bottles, jars, yogurt cups, food containers, to-go containers, plastic cups, straws, lids, milk jugs, blister packaging, coffee lids, detergent bottles, toothpaste and cosmetics tubes, utensils, anything made of stiff plastic (If you cannot scrunch it in one hand easily, it is recycleable).||bins marked "Plastic, Metal, Glass", no styrofoam, caps on is OK
Please empty and rinse out containers!
|Batteries||dry cell, alkaline AA, AAA, C, D; 9-volt, cell phone, computer, game, watch, lithium, rechargeable, ni-cad||blue barrels in University Center, Academic Commons|
|Books||all books: textbooks, reference books, fiction, non-fiction, workbooks, manuals, books on tape||donate to Thrift Store, Better World Books (box in UC) or Goddard Library book sale|
|Clothing, Personal and Home Goods||clothing, shoes, games, small appliances, toys, accessories, lamps, jewelry, linens, cooking stuff, china, glassware, art, books, music, school supplies, sports equipment, knick-knacks - just about anything!||donate to Clark Community Thrift Store during business hours
across from campus on Main St. OR in donation boxes during 'Clark Collection' drives
|office and school supplies||binders, folders, tape, staplers, organizers, electronics, paper, markers, etc.||use ClarkYou Marketplace to post and share your extra supplies OR donate to Clark Community Thrift Store during business hours|
|plastic bags||shopping bags (why not use a cloth bag instead?)||Clark Community Thrift Store can always use bags OR take to any local supermarket|
|Fluorescent Light Bulbs||tubes, ballasts, CFLs||call x7566 for pick-up|
|Electronic Waste||Clark-owned computers, office machines and electronic items||call ITS for possible re-use & repair OR call x 7566 for pick-up|
|Electronic Waste||privately owned computers and electronics||big box retailers, Worcester city recycling, OR Donate to Clark Community Thrift Store|
|Electronic Waste||electric items including small appliances, lamps, coffee pots - anything that plugs in||Worcester city recycling center OR Donate to Clark Community Thrift Store|
|wireless and digital devices||cell phones, iPods, MP3s, digital cameras, PDA, palm pilot, game consoles, chargers, other devices—broken, outdated or working||Recycling for Charities provides free shipping; donation benefits charity of your choice, or donate working items to the Thrift Store|
|Toner Cartridges||from copiers||use manufacturer's pre-paid package to return
take to office supply store for store credit
|Ink jet Cartridges||from printers||use pre-paid envelope available from Sustainable Clark x7601|
|CDs||music, data, files, instructional, blank||CD Recycling Center provides free shipping|
|VHS tapes||music, movies, blank||www.actservices.org/donations Alternative Community Training (ACT); free shipping|
|Tyvek Envelopes||cannot rip them so cannot recycle them||Tyvek will take back|
|packing peanuts||styrofoam packaging||bring to the UPS Store, 210 Park Ave, Worcester|
|large pieces of styrofoam||inserts, containers, packing||www.Refoamit.com|
|bubble wrap||plastic packaging||bring to the UPS Store, 210 Park Ave, Worcester|
|furniture, bulky goods||Clark-owned office furniture||call x #7566 for pick-up or fill out a Physical Plant work order requisition|
|furniture, bulky goods||personally owned furniture||donate to Clark Community Thrift Store during business hours|
|hazardous liquids||paint, oil, solvent, glue, chemicals||call Physical Plant x7566 to pick up|
cathode ray tube (CRT), console, projection, flat screen
refrigerators, washing machines, etc.
|take to Worcester's Residential Recycling Drop Off Center; fee charged|
Please keep recycling categories separate!
Plastic, metal and glass do not go in 'Paper' recycling bins.
Paper and cardboard do not go in 'Plastic/Metal/Glass' recycling bins.
Unacceptable for Recycling at Clark University
Please DO NOT put the items listed below into Clark University Recycling Bins! They are considered 'contamination' – if more than 10% of total contents is 'contaminated' an entire bin of perfectly good recycling turns into worthless trash. Instead, place them in a trash can. They are the only items that go in a trash can. There are surprisingly few!
Unacceptable in 'Paper' Recycle Bin
Used paper towels, used facial tissues, foil-lined paper, sippy boxes, used paper coffee cups, greasy paper, food-encrusted paper, food itself.
Unacceptable in 'Plastic/Metal/Glass' Recycle Bin
Plastic bags such as chip bags, candy wrappers, plastic box liners; plastic wrap (Saran wrap), any soft plastic you can scrunch in one hand; Styrofoam cups, plates and packaging, containers with food or liquids in them, food itself, foam wrapping, broken glass, light bulbs, sharps (needles), aerosol spray cans. Empty all containers!