There are recycling bins located next to the dumpsters. One bin is for paper or cardboard, the other is for glass, plastic, and metal. Some of the mailboxes also have paper recycling bins for unwanted mail.
The official guidelines for what should be recycled in each bin can be found on this flyer from the Office os Sustainability. In summary:
- Most kinds of paper may be recycled as long as it is not contaminated with food and is not coated with plastic or wax. (For example, pizza boxes, paper towels, and juice boxes are not recyclable, but regular paper, cardboard, newspaper, and phone books are.)
- Glass bottles and jars may be recycled. Glass does not need to be sorted by color. Other forms of glass (e.g., broken mirrors) are not recyclable.
- Metal cans and tins, including aerosol cans such as whipped cream cans, may be recycled. Aluminum foil may not be recycled.
- Plastic bottles and jars numbered #1 through #7 may be recycled. Other forms of plastic, including deli containers, fruit containers, yogurt cups, and plastic utensils may not be recycled.
- All containers should be rinsed before being put in the recycling bins.
There are recycling buckets for household batteries located in the laundry rooms.
Most grocery stores have bins near the front of the store for recycling plastic bags. They also sell reusable bags, which are much, much easier to carry up several flights of stairs!
For information on recycling other materials, consult the Office of Sustainability website.