Single-Stream Recycling at Stonehill

Recycling is one of the easiest, most tangible ways of taking action for the planet. Recycling saves energy and water, lowers pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, preserves landfill space and conserves natural resources. We hope that the Stonehill community joins in our efforts to recycle, and if possible, reduce the use of materials in the first place. 

Reduction of material used is easy. For example:

• Use tap or filtered water before opting for a water bottle
• Purchase products with minimal or no packaging
• Use a coffee mug instead of paper cups
• Do not print documents to read them when they are available on your computer screen
• Print double-sided when possible

However, if reducing the use of materials is impossible, Stonehill has made it easy to recycle. Beginning in 2013, Stonehill College adopted single-stream recycling. Single-stream recycling is a system in which all recyclable materials — fiber (newspaper, cardboard, mixed paper, catalogs, magazines and junk mail) and containers (glass, steel, aluminum and plastic) — are placed, unsorted, in one recycling bin. It is run by Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA).

Recycling bins are located in all offices on Campus as well each residence hall. Facilities Management empties these bins on a weekly schedule, and their contents are place in a large container behind Roche Dining Commons. These containers are emptied regularly by NRRA who then transports this material to central distribution center and issues the College a report. If a recycling bin is missing, please file a work order.

One challenging aspect to maximize recycling is to keep materials from getting contaminated. For example, all recycling materials are allowed in the single containers because they are separated at the collection center. However, if a can of soda is not completely empty and it contaminates the paper in the bin, then the entire load is rejected by the recycling firm. This can easily be avoided by rinsing containers or making sure they are completely empty.

Help us promote single stream recycling on campus by educating your peers with this flyer and placing them on or around recycling bins on campus.