Recycling & Waste Reduction

Each fall at the beginning of the semester the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) hosts its College Day barbecue, a green cookout that brings together CNS students, faculty, and staff to enjoy the start of a new school year, delicious locally-sourced food, and each other’s company.

PLAN: The Post Landfill Action Network, and the success of the New2U Tag Sale inspired one UMass student to design a student manual for creating zero waste college campuses.

The Paperless Campus Recreation Project is supported by the Sustainability, Innovation & Engagement Fund and is a paper use reduction project that has helped the Campus Recreation Intramural Sports program go completely paperless.

The New2U Reuse Collection and Tag Sale program is supported by the Sustainability, Innovation & Engagement Fund and is a student-led reuse collection during the spring move-out and tag sale during fall move-in/first week festivities.

The Minute Riders Program is supported by the Sustainability, Innovation & Engagement Fund and offers student led, bike powered compost pick-up services to campus offices.

UMass Amherst composts over 1,400 tons of organic waste each year, the largest recycling stream on campus.

The Green Monstah is an E-waste (electronic waste) center located in the entry of the W.E.B Du Bois Library where students and faculty can conveniently recycle their obsolete or broken electronics and save them from being thrown in a landfill.

UMass Amherst is working to be more sustainable by participating in the EPA Game Day Challenge.

Details about the formation of the single stream recycling on UMass campus including the single stream recycling student video, on campus resource list, and recycling relay game details.

Comprehensive recycling systems are available campus wide and the University manages its own transfer station to accommodate all materials collected in an effort to regularly reduce irresponsible waste of valuable materials.