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Office of Waste Management

A department of Physical Plant Custodial & Grounds Services
  • OWM Entrance
  • OWM Buildings
  • OWM Truck
  • Balers
  • OWM Canisters
  • Compacted Recycling Materials
  • Recycling Canisters
  • Blue Wall recycle bins
  • Recycles Poster

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.

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Currently, the Office of Waste Management along with Residential Life and RHA are combining efforts to compete in the 2018 RecycleMania Competion! 

Learn more about what it is, what you can do to help, and how we stand nationally against other colleges and universities!

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Contact us at (413) 545-9615. Visit us at 150 Tilson Road in Amherst, MA. 

About Us

The Office of Waste Management (OWM) resides on six-acres at 151 Tillson Farm Road. Our 18,000 square foot materials processing facility and yard together are known as the Waste Recovery and Transfer Facility.

OWM Team

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