Waste & Recycling

Waste and Recycling at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Composting

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

Electronic Waste Recycling

The university has options to recycle unwanted E-waste. 

Green Events

Many of the events on campus are working on ways to reduce their impact on the environment by striving for zero waste. 

Green Office Program

The on-campus Green Office Program encourages and facilitates energy and waste reduction practices. 

Minute Riders Program

The Minute Riders Program offers student-led, tandem-bike-powered compost pickup services available to offices on campus. 

Single Stream Recycling

The university uses Single Stream Recycling, which requires that bottles, can, paper, and cardboard all go in one bin. 

Sustainable Move In & Out - New2U​

The New2U program collects unwanted items each spring during move-out and resells these collected items each fall during move-in. 

Solid Waste Reports

The Office of Waste Management continually tracks the recycling and refuse data for the campus.