Green Bean Earth Day Challenge 2014!


Earth Day is important for everyone, and this year there’s even more reason to participate! The best recyclers will be entered to win several amazing prizes; anyone with access to large amounts of empty glass and aluminum containers (ones found in other recycling receptacles are fair game) could have a great shot at winning. So, get to the Campus Center soon and be a part of the Green Bean Earth Day Challenge!

The Green Bean Machine (located in the Mayer Campus Center) is a recycling resource for college students that rewards users with 5 cents for each bottle or aluminum can recycled.  Check it out and start making money for recycling!

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Final Recyclemania Scores!



After a heated 8 weeks of competition, Recyclemania has come to a close with a bang as the final scores for all of the dorms and houses have been recorded. So, without further ado, we present to you the Recyclemania 2014 winners! In the dormitory category, the gold goes to:


And in the house category, with a surprising four way tie, the winners are:


Thank you all for participating in Recyclemania 2014, signing pledges to recycle, and helping Tufts finish strong in the national competition. Be sure to keep up the hard work and good recycling as the semester winds down! Take a peek at the charts below to see the scores of every dorm and house.

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For individual floor grades, please click below.

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The winning dorm and houses this round were…


Residences rounding out the bottom are Houston, Haskell, and Start House. Round two grading starts now- plenty of time to climb the ranks!

Full scores:



For more detailed scores, click the links below:

2014 DORM SCORES                                         2014 HOUSE SCORES

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Recyclemania Update: Week 3

Tufts Recycles! is currently working to promote Recyclemania, a national competition that runs from Feb. 2 to April 8. The Per Capita Classic division has 312 competing schools and Tufts has moved up from 65th Week 3. Tufts Recycles! also has been grading dorms on their recycling to foster competition on campus. On March 2, the second round of dorm grading will be finished so updated results will be available to see how the dorms are ranked. For more information on the grades from round one and Recyclemania in general, check out our article in the Tufts Daily at

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The Freedom to Freecycle!

It’s that time of the year, where your laundry basket is overflowing, and you’re realizing that maybe you don’t actually need the multiple lamps you bought at the beginning of the school year. Being a model citizen, you decide you will bring the items to goodwill. But you have that french paper and that problem set, so that will have to be saved for another day. You pile up the clothes in a random nook of your room, and the clothing stays there, forgotten, until the end of the school year when you are forced to get rid of it amidst the chaos of moving out. The lamp collects dust in that dark corner under your bed, lonely and waiting, to shed its wonderful light.

What if, instead, there was a convenient place for you to take your clothes, lamps, and other random objects, for someone else to use? What if this was somewhere on campus?  Or maybe even…in your dorm?!?! FREECYCLE it!

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Wren, Haskell and South Halls all have a new addition to their swanky decor…Freecycle areas. Simply place your used items, such as clothes, lamps, dishes, carpets/rugs, fans, trash cans, electronics, hangers, shoes, books, and bags in these designated enclaves, and take anything awesome you see, for FREE. The program will be expanded to new dorms as the opportunity arises and in the meantime, hopefully you are lucky to have a friend who lives in one of these dorms to visit and “shop.” Look for the freecycle areas in the lobbies of Wren, Haskell and South. Other dorms, such as Tilton, have taken upon their own versions of freecycle, in the form of a shoebox. So look around your dorm lobby, for there just might be a freecycle area near you.  Tell your friends and happy shopping!

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Confused about recycling at Hodgdon?



Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do with you empty food containers from Hodgdon Good to Go. Luckily, we’ve made an easy guide to help you figure out how to responsibly get rid of them. These posters are downstairs in the food area (in the enclave next to the toasters and microwave) and also up in the Hodgdon lobby next to the recycling and trash bin stations.

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Lift The Lid Poster!



Be on the lookout for these new posters – they will be put up around campus soon!

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Lift The Lid!

You’re finishing up a great cup of coffee from the rez, and, being a responsible student, go to recycle it. But wait – what? This coffee cup doesn’t fit easily into the hole in the paper recycling bin! And what to do with the lid?! Breathe. Don’t give up. Lift the lid. (Well, both lids.)

Let’s see this in action.

First, take the lid off the coffee cup and put it in the plastic recycling bin. Ok? Next step.

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Now you’re left with the paper coffee cup. You know it goes in the paper recycling bin…but how? The hole on the top is definitely not shaped to fit a cup like this. But here’s a simple solution: Lift the Lid!

Yes, the bin lids can sometimes be confusing, but for the most part, they help people around campus understand the majority of things that are supposed to go in them. Glass bottles, cans, plastic soda bottles, and other cylindrical things go in the glass, metal plastics bin (green), paper shaped things in the paper bin (blue)…Unless it’s a coffee cup…But just lift the lid! Don’t give up and throw it in the trash.

Ok – I know the trash bins right next to the rez pose another conundrum. Rectangular hole? Cylindrical cup? No lid to lift? Wha??? I’ve seen waaaay too many people shut down when they see this and throw the cup into the trash hole. But no no no! Here’s an easy photographic tutorial of how to responsibly say goodbye to your coffee cup.

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Got it? One last thing – If you had a regular coffee without any foam or steamed milk, you’re good. However, if you’re more of a latte or mocha person, please try to rinse your cup out quickly before recycling it to get the extra goo off the sides.

Now put this info into use and tell all your friends to LIFT THE LID!

Big thank you to the lovely models and responsible citizens Nic Serhan and Paul Collins
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Short Term Work Available- Recycling Team @ Events

 Workers Needed from now through October

$10 per hour 

With just a few hours of your time, YOU can help make this year’s matriculation zero waste efforts successful, and get paid doing so!

Tufts Dining Services and Facilities Services have teamed up to ensure that meals served at matriculation are both low in waste generation and compost-friendly (e.g. no plastic films to contaminate the compost).

This year’s matriculation ceremonies will take place the week of August 26th. Please fill out an Application  and email it to

Responsibilities are listed on the application.  Pay is $10 hour.

We need many people so please consider getting your friends involved! Thank you!



Sponsored by Facilities Services & Tufts Recycles!

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Tufts Recycles! featured in the summer Periscope newsletter

Thank you to our Human Resources department for publishing this easy to read summary of our most important recycling matters!


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