Trash Buddy Program

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We are pleased to announce a new program to address recycling across campus. Boston University’s
recycling rate was 3% in FY06 and many have worked hard to achieve 32% in FY12. However, that number is leveling off–only 30% in FY13. We have identified a strategy to boost our recycling rates and engage the community through a team effort with occupants, custodians, vendors, and sustainability@BU–it is the Trash Buddy.

We’ve piloted the Trash Buddy Program at a couple of locations on campus and are happy to share the exciting results:

Building Recycling Rate Before Recycling Rate After Potential Recycling Rate (Post Audit)
SED (2 Silber) 48.9% 73.1% 91.2%
FM&P (120 Ashford) 45.8% 73.3% 83.6%

FM&P Operations and sustainability@BU plan to continue to roll out this program in offices across campus. BU is making good progress on recycling, but we can all do better and after the pilots we know we can get there. Additional benefits of the program include:

  • Convenient desk side sorting
  • More knee space under the desk with one bin
  • A streamlined process across campus so resources are in place for everyone
  • Weekly recycling pick up by custodians
  • Engagement of the BU community in sustainability efforts

Roll out in your building will happen soon; sustainability@BU and custodial staff will work together to install Trash Buddies in all offices, recycling the old trash bins. Once installed, custodians will continue to empty the trash each night and in addition, they will also empty the desk side recycling bin once a week on Wednesdays. Occupants should properly sort their deskside trash and recyclables, emptying their recycling bins as needed throughout the week.