The Office of Waste Management (OWM) strives to provide timely and efficient removal of solid waste generated at UMass Amherst, and, to process and dispose of these wastes in the least harmful way to the natural environment, the University community and the public.
We follow the Integrated Solid Waste Management [PDF] approach which holds that garbage is not a homogenous mass to be burned or buried and then forgotten. Instead, "garbage" consists of a heterogeneous spectrum of discarded materials and products each with specific characteristics and properties which make them more or less suitable for reuse, recycling , composting or disposal. ISWM asserts that the environment endures the least harm and receives the most benefit when garbage is reduced, reused, composted, incinerated with energy recovery and lastly put in the landfill.
Have you noticed this image on outdoor wastebins?
Many people believe that the items highlighted in this sign are recyclable. This is incorrect.
All these items including: paper or plastic cups/plates; paper napkins & towels; plastic bags and wraps; and biodegradable or plastic take out trays are prohibited by UMass's recycling markets.
Please deposit them in the bins that are labeled Trash. Learn more about what is and isn't recycleable at UMass.
Contact us at (413) 545-9615. Visit us at 150 Tilson Road in Amherst, MA.