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Bentley Enhances Recycling on Campus with a New Greenbean Machine


Bentley Enhances Recycling on Campus with a New Greenbean Machine


Campus Life, News

Bentley University is proud to now have a reverse vending machine on campus. Located in Collins Hall, the Greenbean Machine’s unique technology has caught the interest of students who have been actively using it since it was installed on campus in October 2013. In its initial months, Bentley students have already used the Greenbean more than any other college with a similar machine. 

What is Greenbean?

Launched at MIT in August 2011, the Greenbean is a combination of a reverse vending machine and web application. According to their website, the goal of the machine is “…to increase recycling by incorporating real time analytics, social media, and gaming.” Users of the Greenbean create an account, and then deposit their bottles and cans into the machine. Users receive a five-cent refund for MA-eligible cans and bottles which includes beverages with carbonation.  However, the machine counts all bottle and cans deposited towards unique challenges and competitions developed by Greenbean Company. 

There are currently Greenbean Machines being used on eight college campuses around Massachusetts and growing. In addition, their goal is to place the machines in airports, arenas, and condominium complexes.

The refund received for recycling eligible bottles and cans can be redeemed by transferring the money to the user’s PayPal account or a charity of their choice. Bentley is currently working to set up a third option where students may transfer their money to Falcon Funds, money that is on their student ID to buy food and items on campus. 

As containers are placed into the Greenbean, the user receives information on the amount of energy and tons of landfill space saved by recycling that can or bottle.

Competitions offered by Greenbean among individuals and between campuses have increased excitement and use among students.  Past challenges and promotions have included the “Double Your Deposit Challenge”, “Earth Day Challenge”, and “Green Gift Grab Challenge” where students have the opportunity to win prizes such as retail gift cards, Zipcar credits, or a tablet.

Since the Greenbean was activated, Bentley has seen:

  • 29,180 containers recycled
  • 5,054 kWh of energy savings
  • 5,267 lbs. diverted from landfill
  • 285 recyclers

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the country. The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges Guide names Bentley number one in the nation for career services and internship opportunities. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.


by Meredith Mason  January 31, 2017

Princeton Review has ranked Bentley University the No. 1 college for internship opportunities in the United States as part of their 2017 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give you the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”