Sustainability - Recycling & Waste Reduction
Solid Waste at Endicott
Every year, Americans generate
millions of tons of trash in the form of packaging, bottles, boxes, cans,
magazines, appliances, furniture, clothing, and much more. (See EPA's overview of What's in America's Trash.)
Total solid waste from the Endicott's operations exceeds 2000 tons/year. Recycling and composting are able to divert about 40% of this waste.
| About 250 tons/year
12,100 lbs during the 2014 RecycleMania Competition
| Food Waste
|2000 lbs/week while school is in session
| 4500 lbs/year (about 750 gallons)
| Lawn and Yard Waste
| 5.7 tons/year
| Almost 1000 cartridges/year
| Scrap Metal
| 1900/year (about 2000 pounds
| Construction Debris
| 90% recycling rate. Quantity depends on projects.
| Food Donated to Shelters
| About 40 lbs/day
An effective way to reduce the increasing size of landfills and the amount of waste that is incinerated in the United States is through source reduction or waste prevention. Waste reduction is a priority at Endicott.
Filling Stations: The Endicott Environmental Society
designed a plan to discourage the use of plastic water bottles by including
refill stations throughout buildings on campus to refill water bottles and
mugs. These stations can now be found in multiple buildings on campus.
Reused Paper Pads: Reused paper is made into scratch pads. These are available for free at the Mail/Copy
Recycling at Endicott
Endicott has a robust recycling
program. We recycle and compost more than 40% of our waste.
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Single stream recycling:
can recycle most materials in the blue bins located around campus. Single
stream recycling can accept:
- Bottles* (plastic, glass, metal)
- Most plastics (except plastic bags or plastic wrap) ·
Look for the blue bins or the dumpsters with the yellow lids!
Redemptions Centers: *Students are also encouraged to
bring bottles and cans to Beverly Bottle and Can Return on 54 W. Dane St inBeverly. To learn more about the MA Bottle Bill click here.
Electronics: In addition,
electronics (including cell phones or batteries) can be recycled in the green
and white boxes around campus.
Yard waste: Yard waste is composted and the resulting compost is used
on the College grounds.
Food Waste: We
currently divert 3.5 tons of food waste a week from the Callahan Dining Hall to
Brick Ends Farm in Hamilton, MA where it is used as fertilizer and feed for the
Why Compost Food Waste? Composting greatly reduces
emissions and conserves limited space within landfills. When food waste is
broken down in landfills it creates methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas that
has a warming effect of 21 times that of carbon dioxide. Composting food scraps can generate renewable energy, enhance
the soil as a fertilizer, and feed animals.
Other materials: Endicott College
also recycles steel, electronics, tires, books, lamps, ink/toner, and
Recyclemania: Since 2010,
Endicott College has participated in a nationwide intercollegiate competition
called Recyclemania. The purpose of
the competition is to reduce solid waste and to increase our college’s
recycling to trash ratio. In 2011,
Endicott College’s recycling to trash ratio was close to 20%. This year, we have included the physical
plant’s grass and leaf composting and the construction waste from our new
residence hall (over 90% of which has been recycled!). With these factors included, our recycling to
trash ratio is just over 40%. We would
love to see this number jump to over 50% during the competition, and of course,
we hope to see these trends continue after the end of the competition.