Zero Waste

Reducing your waste is an easy way to cut your footprint.

Be Forward Thinking

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a forward-thinking plan for zero waste. Instead of starting recycling/composting (the end), start at the beginning by reducing.


While recycling and composting are sustainable solutions for waste, reducing your consumption of single-use products and reusing materials will have the highest impact on reducing your waste footprint.

Water Station

Simple steps:

  • Choose products with less packaging
  • Use the scan and send feature on the printer instead of making a copy
  • Print double-sided
  • Use Babson’s bottle filling stations to refill your water bottle instead of using bottled water. Find the stations in Forest, Horn, Olin, Reynolds, Park Manor North, Park Manor West, Putney, Tomasso, Trim, and Webster.


Choosing to recycle your waste is the fastest and easiest way to cut your waste footprint. For a list of what can be recycled in the blue bin, see Mixed Recycling: Put These In the Blue Bin (pdf)

Materials that you can drop off for recycling at the Sustainability Office:

  • Personal Care Products: Hair Care Products, Skin Care Products, Cosmetics Products
  • Oral Care Products: Toothpaste tubes & caps, toothbrushes, floss containers
  • Corks
  • Brita Products: Filters, Dispensers
  • Pur Filters
  • Gift Cards

The Sustainability Office collects these materials to be recycled through programs such as Terracycle, or directly with the manufacturers.

To find out how to recycle something not on this list near you, search for a solution on Earth911.

Books, Clothing, Shoes, Linens

Looking for a way to recycle your books, clothes, CDs, DVDs, shoes, purses, and linens on campus? There is a collection bin behind the Reynolds Campus Center and Hollister Hall, next to the Cradles to Crayons bin and the Community Garden (see map for more information on location). Please bag all donations, and never donate anything that is wet.

Materials in the bin are sorted based on condition for reuse or recycling. The bin is managed by RecycleThat, which offers the student Habitat for Humanity club a modest stipend based on the weight of materials collected.


About one-third of the waste we produce is organic waste from food scraps and yard trimmings, and should be composted. It’s easy to start composting at home instead of sending these rich materials to the landfill. By composting, you will be turning this waste into rich soil and slashing your waste footprint. For resources on composting at home, the EPA has an introduction.

To see what you can compost at Babson, download Food Waste: Put These In the Compost Bin (pdf).