Recycling FAQ for New Students

Recycling here at Mount Holyoke may be a little different than how you recycle back home.

  • We have separate bins for mixed paper, commingled bottles & cans, and cardboard.
  • Some of the specific items we recycle may be a little different than you are used to. All of our bins are labeled and there is a list of what can and cannot be recycled on the waste reduction & recycling page. If you are ever confused and need more info, please contact the ECO-Reps and they can answer any questions for you.

Chances are that much of the stuff you brought with you and most of the stuff you bought for your room when you got here came packed in a cardboard box. That’s a lot of empty cardboard boxes that you probably want out of your room.

Once you are done unpacking, please remove all packaging materials, flatten the empty boxes, and bring the boxes down to the central trash & recycling room in the basement of your residence hall.

There is a limited amount of student storage, so you may want to hold onto a box or two for anything you are planning to store. However, before storing anything, please check campus policies regarding the storage rooms.

Please visit the Waste Reduction & Recyling page for detailed information on the Mount Holyoke recycling program.

If you want a deskside recycling bin to store items in your room until you can take them to the central bins, they should be available in the kitchenette on each floor of your hall. If you have any difficulty finding those bins, please ask your housekeeper.