Recycling and Solid Waste

RecyclingBabson 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 a local materials recovery facility, to be processed into separate commodities and sold.

More information on what is recyclable at Babson (pdf).

Food Waste Composting

Through a partnership between Facilities Management and Dining Services, food waste is diverted at the Reynolds Campus Center, Olin Hall, and Trim Dining Hall to be composted into soil at regional farms. Babson currently diverts about 4 tons of food waste per month.

Food for free truckSurplus Food Donations

The USDA estimates that 30-40% of food in the United States is wasted. To help reduce food waste at Babson College, Babson Dining works with Food for Free to donate surplus food to those in need. This project was launched with support from several departments at Babson, the US EPA's New England office, and leaders from the Wellesley community. 

This food supports the Family Meals program, which provides meals to those with limited access to kitchens. Watch how the food is divided into meals. 


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.

Green Waste

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 local non-profits, 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.

Electronic Waste

Babson collects electronic waste from the community via three stations, which are located in the Horn Library, Reynolds Campus Center, and Olin Hall. All material is sorted and recycled by Babson's e-waste vendor, which is certified under the two accredited certification standards: the Responsible Recycling ("R2") Standard for Electronics Recyclers and the e-Stewards® Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment© ("e-Stewards®") standards.