What Do We Recycle?

We DO NOT recycle plastic bags or styrofoam (polystyrene, #6) because they often take more resources to recycle than discard. There is a basket next to the front desk in the lobby for residents to put plastic bags for reusing. Shaw's collects plastic bags for recycling; the bin is near the self-checkout area.

We DO recycle:
  • Plastic containers imprinted with recycling numbers 1-5 and 7
  • Metal cans
  • Glass bottles
  • Juice and soy milk cartons
Commingles should be empty but not necessarily clean. Pour or scrape out any liquid or food so it doesn't leak and try to secure the lid. The goal is to keep away pests.


We DO NOT reycle:
  • Food-soiled paper (compostable)
  • Waxed paper and cardboard (compostable)
  • Books with covers intact (Donate them instead!)
  • Tyvek envelopes
  • Carbon paper
We DO recycle:
  • White and colored paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Cardboard (should be collapsed)
  • Cereal boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Junk mail


We DO NOT compost:
  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Bones
  • Whole eggs
We DO compost:
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee filters and grounds
  • Tea bags
  • Napkins
  • Waxed paper and cardboard
  • Food-soiled paper


Electronics that are in working condition should be posted to reuse@mit.edu. The following information applies to unusable electronics. Televisions, monitors, and fluorescent lamps must be disposed of properly because they contain mercury and lead. Please take them to the SP loading dock.

Alkaline batteries should be discarded in the regular trash. The following items should go in the technocycle bins in the game room:
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Non-alkaline batteries
  • Cell phones
  • PDAs
  • Pagers
  • CDs/DVDS and their cases
  • Videotapes
  • Floppy disks
  • External drives
  • Wires
  • Keyboards
  • Mice