Campus Planning & Operations oversees both the disposal of trash and the recycling of an increasing amount of material, from paper to furniture.
CPO works with Casella Waste Management to manage compactors and dumpsters on campus and also has has Bigbelly solar compactors on campus.
These trash compactors are solar-powered and have reduced on-campus trash collection from 14 times/week to an average of 1.6 times/week. Solar compaction has reduced fuel use and associated greenhouse gas emissions by 80%.
Also on campus are cardboard balers, machines that are used to create “bales” of cardboard. Annually, these balers capture and recycle around 150 tons of cardboard on the Charles River and Medical Campuses. The balers are located at the dining facilities and a few other locations where large volumes of cardboard are produced.
Learn more about our waste reduction efforts and BU’s Zero Waste Plan.
- Request additional bins, expand your recycling program, or questions on the BU Sustainability website
- Recycle lamps, ballasts, batteries, computers, appliances, or furniture: Contact your Area Manager.
- Recycle hazardous material such as biological, chemical, or radioactive waste: Contact Environmental Health & Safety.