Recycling and Solid Waste
Babson is committed to reducing its solid waste footprint, and is pursuing a number of aversion and diversion strategies.
Babson continually analyzes its solid waste system, looking for opportunities to reduce the production of waste, and for ways to divert the waste that is produced on campus.
Babson collects a mixed recycling stream, where all recyclable materials are collected together. The recycling is then hauled to the Casella Resource Solutions Materials Recovery Facility in Charlestown, Massachusetts, to be processed into separate commodities and sold.
More information on what is recyclable at Babson (pdf).
Food Waste Diversion
Through a partnership between Facilities Management and Sodexo Campus Services, food waste is diverted at the Reynolds Campus Center, Olin Hall, and Trim Dining Hall to be composted into soil at Hidden Acres Farm in Medway, MA. Babson currently diverts about 5 tons of food waste per month.
Construction and Demolition Waste
As a growing institution, Babson produces construction and demolition waste from its new construction, renovation, and large repair projects. This material is diverted from the landfill and processed for reuse and recycling as appropriate.
Babson’s beautiful campus generates a significant amount of green waste through landscape maintenance and improvements. All green waste diverted from the landfill by collecting it and composting the materials off site.
Move-In Waste Diversion
During the move-in process, significant amounts of recyclable materials are generated as students unpack boxes and purchase furniture for their residence halls. Facilities Management and the Sustainability Office work with new residents to divert recyclable materials, especially cardboard boxes.
Slash the Trash (Move-Out Diversion)
Through a partnership with Goodwill, Babson collects reusable goods during move-out to be diverted and donated. Additionally, broken electronics are collected for recycling and food is collected and donated to a local food pantry.
Surplus Property Reuse
Babson collects surplus property such as furniture for reuse on campus or for donation through the Institutional Recycling Network.