Waste and Recycling Guidelines

Waste & Recycling Guidelines

In Massachusetts, there are waste bans preventing recyclable, compostable, and hazardous items from entering the waste stream. These bans help reduce the overall volume and toxicity of trash disposed of in Massachusetts. 

To be in compliance, Wellesley must properly dispose of the following waste ban materials:

  • Recyclable Paper and Cardboard
  • Glass/Aluminum/Metal/Plastic Containers
  • Leaf and Yard Waste
  • Commercial Organics (compost)
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (TV’s and Computer Monitors)
  • White Goods (Major Appliances)
  • Asphalt Pavement, Brick, Concrete, Wood, Metal and Clean Gypsum Wallboard – often referred to as Construction/Demolition Materials (C&D)
  • Tires
  • Lead Acid Batteries


Where can I properly recycle or dispose of these items on campus? 

To learn about different types of waste and how you should dispose of it, please review this guide created by the Office of Sustainability and EHS. 

You can also view our How to Recycle at Wellesley College video here for a quick and informative overview of our campus' recycling system.