Category Archives: Campus Initiatives

Move Out at Tufts

repackIt’s that magical time of year again. Spring Fling is over, masses are flocking to Tisch to study for finals, and everyone is freaking out about graduating/grades/summer internships. Amid the chaos, it may slip your mind that you haven’t packed and, upon a cursory inspection — holy celery stalks, I have way too much stuff and I can’t bring it all with me to Rwanda for my service trip!

Lucky for you, TuftsRecycles! and Tufts Facilities Services makes it super easy to unburden yourself of unwanted items during move-out. Here’s our quick-and-dirty guide to a stress-free and sustainable move-out for those living on-campus.

repack-guide

We DO NOT ACCEPT in any of our boxes:

  • Wire hangers and frisbees (please recycle these in green glass/metal/plastics bins!)
  • Dirty or soiled items
  • Open or spoiled food
  • Hazardous materials

We thank you for your cooperation in making our move-out process as streamlined and sustainable as possible. If you have any questions, please ask your RA or send us an e-mail!

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GreenBean boxes are now in the lobby of some dorms!

This semester, all proceeds raised from depositing donated bottle and cans into Tufts’ own GreenBean Recycling Machine will go toward Timmy Global Health, a national non-profit that expands healthcare access to impoverished communities in Guatemala, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Nigeria. Do your part to help the environment and those around the world who are less fortunate than you (what a WIN-WIN!).

By simply placing your bottles and cans in the GreenBean Recycling Machine boxes now in the common rooms of South Hall, Miller, Houston, Carmichael, West, Haskell, Lewis, Tilton, Bush, Hodgdon, Metcalf and Stratton, YOU are being an active citizen here at Tufts.

You CanAid, I CanAid, We CanAid.

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Introducing Rerun Shoes at Tufts!

Did you guess our new recycling option in the gym??

If you saunter into Tisch Sports Center, there’s now a recycling bin for shoes!

Partnering with the full-service footwear recycling company, Rerun Shoes, the new shoe bin in the gym will accept all types of shoes (without holes). These shoes will be sent to secondhand shoe vendors in Mali, Guinea, and Liberia.

Rerun Shoes aims to divert shoes from the waste stream in North America and at the same time, help support sustainable microbusinesses in the African tropics. Read the company’s mission outline here.

The first shoes ready to be sent to second-hand vendors in Africa!

If you just bought yourself a new pairs of sneakers, hold up! Before you chuck your old ones, stop by the Tisch Sports Center and drop them in the shoe bin!

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Green Bean Machine

You may have seen our team hard at work chalking about the Green Bean Machine this afternoon. Follow the dollar signs over to the lower level of the Campus Center and earn money for recycling!

 

 

 

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R²ePack 2012 By The Numbers (And In Pictures!)

Happy summer to all graduating and returning students! While you were packing up your dorm rooms and fiddling with CollegeBoxes, the TuftsRecycles! team was hard at work collecting assorted items for R²ePACK 2012.
 What is R²ePACK?! Good question! R²ePACK is our move-out initiative in which students are asked to Reuse & Recycle everything, pack and clean… k?! Here’s what students recycled and freecycled this year:

- 8500 pounds (wow!) of clothes and linens, to be donated and recycled
- 1 truckload of freecyclable items, to be donated to incoming freshmen in the fall
20 pairs of crutches, to be reused by the Tufts Athletics Department
- 15 boxes of nonperishable food, donated to Project Soup in Somerville
- 6 boxes of Dining Hall dishes, returned to Dewick-MacPhie and Carmichael Dining Halls
- 5 boxes of school supplies, to be donated to the Medford Public Schools
- 3 boxes of books, to be donated to the Boston Prison Book Drive
- 2 cubic yards of broken and working electronics, to be recycled
1  mountain of mattress foam, to be recycled

Many thanks to the R²ePACK team, the dedicated men and women of the Tufts Facilities Department, the Eco-Reps, and all students who participated! Be on the lookout for our Freecycle drop on Tisch roof in the Fall. 

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Results for the RecycleManiacs!

The “March madness” of the second half of RecycleMania has come to an end, and we at TR would like to thank all of you who helped to make this year’s RecycleMania such a success. Whether it was by signing the Recyclemania pledge or simply taking the extra second to place old papers or bottles in the correct recycling receptacles, we truly appreciate your commitment to making Tufts a greener place! We’d especially like to thank and congratulate this year’s winners, Carmichael and Haskell Hall, which tied for first in the dormitory competition, as well as 10 Winthrop, which placed first amongst the small houses.
While the competition may officially be over, this is by no means an invitation to stop the great recycling that’s been going on. With the end of the semester rapidly approaching (sorry to remind you!) and the flurry of papers and other assorted items that make their way into the trash after finals and move-out, we would like to remind everyone to please reuse, reduce and recycle. It really does make a difference, and you can never do too much of a good thing (at least not when it comes to recycling)! Thank you again, and check out the scores below to see how your residence ranked in RecycleMania 2012, Tufts edition.


For individual scores, please click below.
Detailed Dormitory Grading Sheets:
Blakeley Hall
Bush
Carmichael
Haskell 10s
Haskell 20s
Haskell 30s
Haskell 40s
Hill
Hodgdon
Houston
Lewis
Metcalf East
Metcalf West
Miller
South
Stratton
Tilton
West
Wren 10s
Wren 20s
Wren 30s
Wren 40s
Detailed Small Campus House Grading Sheets:
9-11
Sunset
10 Winthrop
12 Dearborn
92-94 Curtis
Africana
Arts House 
Carpenter
Crafts
French
German
International
Jewish Culture
Latino Culture
Muslim Culture
Richardson
Russian
Spanish
Start
Wilson

 

 

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2012 RecycleMania Mid-Point Results

We know you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seats for these RecycleMania mid-competition results, so here they are. There are two categories, one for dormitories and one for small houses. For more specific grades regarding each floor or section of a dormitory or small house, please click on one of the individual PDF files below. If you’re unimpressed or disappointed with your dormitory or campus house’s progress, fear not! You still have two weeks left to improve your scores. The competition ends on March 31, so come back from spring break ready to recycle!

For individual scores, please click below.
Detailed Dormitory Grading Sheets:
Blakeley
Bush
Carmichael
Haskell 10s
Haskell 20s
Haskell 30s
Haskell 40s
Hill
Hodgdon
Houston
Lewis
Metcalf East
Metcalf West
Miller
South 
Stratton
Tilton
West
Wren 10s
Wren 20s
Wren 30s
Wren 40s
Detailed Small Campus House Grading Sheets:
9-11 Sunset
10 Winthrop
12 Dearborn
92-94 Curtis
Africana
Arts 
Carpenter
Crafts
French
German
International
Jewish Culture
Latino Culture
Muslim Culture
Richardson 
Russian
Spanish
Start
Wilson

 

 

 

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RecycleMania – Recycle Strong!

With the start of the new semester comes the beginning of everyone’s favorite competition–the MANIA of RecycleMania has arrived at Tufts! Between February 5 and March 31, Tufts Recycles! interns will be visiting each of the dormitories and university-owned houses to grade each facility on how correctly and thoroughly its residents are recycling. Interns will collect scores twice during the competition–once at the beginning and once at the end–with the goal of bringing out the competitive nature of each dormitory to recycle strong. These two sets of scores will be averaged along with the preliminary scores from last semester in order to crown the campus winners of both the dormitory and small campus house categories!
Check our website frequently to see which dorms and off-campus houses take the lead, as well as to see how Tufts stacks up against the other participating colleges and universities in the competition! You can also visit the official RecycleMania website to learn more about the competition.
The preliminary scores from Fall 2011 are posted below. Congratulations to our winners, the West wing of Metcalf Hall for the dormitories, and 12 Dearborn and the Crafts House for the small university houses!

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Tufts RecycleMania Winners Announced

The semester long recycling competition has concluded, and we’ve got some winners to congratulate. We are proud of Haskell for being the only dormitory in first place! In the house category, we have an impressive five-way tie: Bayit, 92-94 Curtis, Milne, Schmalz and 10 Winthrop. Great job, everyone!
We’d like to give a big thank you to:
-Everyone who participated in the competition.
-The ABM janitors for servicing the residences.
-The recycling interns for completing all of the legwork required to grade each building.
-The Eco-Reps for diligently promoting recycling.
Make recycling a habit at the beginning of the semester so that you’re completely prepared when RecycleMania rolls around in the fall! With that sort of participation, who knows what sort of tie we might end up with next time…
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RecycleMania Has Started

If you pride yourself in being an active citizen both on the Tufts campus and beyond, then you will want to participate in RecycleMania. RecycleMania is a national competition between hundreds of colleges and universities, the goal being to determine which institution has the highest recycling rate. This competition is meant to promote waste reduction and good recycling practices on college campuses all over the United States.
In addition to the national competition, Tufts also holds its own inter-campus recycling competition between all dormitories and university-owned houses. Dorms are graded based on how many or few recyclables are found in the trash (rather than in the recycling bins). Dorms are given overall grades as well as grades by floor in order to highlight where improvements could be made to recycling efforts. To see the on-campus preliminary and final grades for this semester (Spring ’11), click the link below.

If all Tufts students were to embrace recycling on campus, then Tufts could have a chance at winning the national competition. Be on the lookout for the results of the preliminary grading stage of the Tufts recycling competition, which should be published soon. For a peek at last year’s RecycleMania process at Tufts, check out this film created by Catherine Nakajima (LA ’12).

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