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Clark University Recycling Guidelines

Paper, Cardboard, Metal & Glass, Electronics, Batteries, Bulbs, 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 recyclables 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.

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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 or purchase locally to eliminate shipment packaging, refuse a bag – just a few examples! Reuse donate any and all gently-used unwanted items to the Clark Thrift Store or to a local Thrift Store like St. Vincent DePaul on Park Ave. They will find a good home, benefit sustainability , build local economies, and you will know you did a good thing! Refuse, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle all you can!

For mixed clean paper and plastic/metal/glass are located throughout the Clark campus in residence halls, academic buildings, administrative offices, and common areas.

Please use the recycling bins! You know it’s the right thing to do! A recycling bin is never very far away.

Faculty and staff offices are provided blue desk side bins for recycling paper and for recycling plastic/metal/glass  together as single-stream.  Custodians will remove and consolidate recyclables from central office recycle bins to the building’s central recycling area, from where the Recycling Crew will pick them up.

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 1-508-793-7601.

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 Facilities Management staff. Please call Facilities Management at 1-508-793-7566 for pick-up of any of these items.

Composts all used paper goods (like napkins), food scraps from the kitchen and the cafeteria, and compostable containers, cups and cutlery from the cafes. Please use the slots labeled compost for all of these items when eating in  the Bistro. If it was ever alive, you can compost it!

The city of Worcester supports single-stream recycling (combined paper, plastic, glass & metal in one receptacle), and you can get a free recycling bin for curbside pick up. Ask your landlord or search the web for ‘Worcester city recycling program’.

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Mailing Address:
  • Clark University
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • Office Location:
    Facilities Management (Gates House)
    501 Park Avenue
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