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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. 

           Endicott Material Recycled - 2013

Material   Quantity Recycled/Composted 
 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

250+ tons/year


 5.7 tons/year


 Almost 1000 cartridges/year

 Scrap Metal

13+ tons/year




 1900/year (about 2000 pounds

 Construction Debris

 90% recycling rate.  Quantity depends on projects. 

 Food Donated to Shelters

 About 40 lbs/day

 Clothing, housewares, etc. donated to local charity

 Over 1000 lbs

Water bottle filling station

Waste Reduction 

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.

Water 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 Center.


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: 

  • Recycling dumpsterYou can recycle most materials in the blue bins located around campus. Single stream recycling can accept:
  • Bottles* (plastic, glass, metal)
  • Cans*
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • 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. 


Compost in hands with a seedlingFood 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 animals.


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 construction waste.


Recyclemania LogoRecyclemania:  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. 



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