Category Archives: Dormitories & On-Campus

Orientation/Move-In 2012 – Welcome to Tufts!

Welcome returning students and class of 2016! As we enter the 2012-2013 academic year, we at TuftsRecycles! would like to keep you up to date on our work towards greater sustainability on campus. Here’s what we’ll be doing (and what you can do) during your first few weeks at Tufts.

1. Compost yourself crazy. For all incoming freshmen, orientation guarantees one thing: boatloads of delicious food! This year, TuftsRecycles! and the Tufts Eco-Reps are collaborating to implement composting at matriculation lunch,  evening dinners, and the Orientation Food Fair, all boasting the best in edibles courtesy of our friends at Tufts Dining. Help us keep these events sustainable by composting your food, napkins, and paper plates at designated compost barrels. Watch out for contaminants like plastic wrap, chip bags, and ice-cream wrappers — these go in the trash — and recyclable bottles, cans, and silverware which can be dropped into recycling bins all around campus. Help us keep these events zero-waste!

2. Recycle your boxes at Move-In. Please flatten all large cardboard boxes and leave them in a common area — custodial staff will pick them up. Smaller cardboard boxes, paper packing material, and paper bags can be deposited in the paper recycling bins in your residence hall.  Use our helpful guide, click here!

3. Earn money for recycling. Heard of the bottle bill? It’s a Massachusetts law which returns 5¢ for carbonated beverage containers (soda, beer, sparkling water, etc). Recycle your bottles and cans at the GreenBean Machine in the Campus Center — it’s basically free money! Come to the Official GreenBean Launch on Sunday, September 2, 2012 from 4-6 for more information, recycling swag, and how-tos from the people behind TuftsRecycles!.

4. Freecycle it up. Need stuff for your dorm room? Come to the Freecycle giveaway on Saturday, September 1, 2012 from 12-2 on Tisch Library Roof. We will be giving away dorm essentials like shower caddies, storage units, desk organizers, cookware, and fun knickknacks. Be sure to come early — supplies are limited and last until they are exhausted!

5. RAs – Represent your dorm! We have loads of materials for you to share with your resident recyclemaniacs. Check our bulletin boards page for posters and banners regarding recycling and sustainability on campus.

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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
Haskell 10s
Haskell 20s
Haskell 30s
Haskell 40s
Metcalf East
Metcalf West
Wren 10s
Wren 20s
Wren 30s
Wren 40s
Detailed Small Campus House Grading Sheets:
10 Winthrop
12 Dearborn
92-94 Curtis
Arts House 
Jewish Culture
Latino Culture
Muslim Culture



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Recycling Bins Will be Distributed Next Week

Dormitory recycling bins will be distributed throughout the large dorms next week. Wood-frame houses and apartments will receive bins upon special request.  Students are responsible to empty these small bins into one of the central collection bins found in the hallways of the dormitories.

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Receive a $10K Grant to Green our Campus!, a partnership between Brita and Nalgene, has announced a nationwide competition to promote sustainability on-campus. College students are encouraged to submit proposals outlining ways to make their campuses more sustainable. Students with the best proposals will be given a $10,000 grant to put their plans into action by Earth Month (April 2010), while the runner-ups will receive an array of FilterForGood reusable bottles and Brita pitchers. Students can find more information about the contest and then submit proposals online at through October 30, 2009.
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Recycling at Move In=No Joke

A huge thanks to our beloved custodians for recycling during move-in this year! From breaking down boxes, removing trash, and collecting cardboard from all 40 residential buildings – not to mention during high temperatures – our crew did an amazing job. Twenty eight tons of paper and cardboard were collected during the first week of Tufts move-in. On Labor Day alone, 9.6 tons were collected! Thank you so much for your assistance this year; you all worked extremely hard to fulfill recycling obligations and have made Tufts very proud!
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