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Managing Waste

Managing Waste

As part of Bentley's Strategic Goals, we've pledged to reduce our waste by 60% by the year 2020. Together as a community, faculty, staff, and students, are contributing towards achieving this goal through small changes to everyday habits.

Flex Recycling

Recycling Program

Bentley has a robust single stream recycling program with an easy blue and black color-coded system.  This means that all recycling goes into the blue bins and trash into the black bins.  All common spaces and offices should be equipped with the appropriate bins.

Questions about how to recycle properly? Consult our Trash and Recycling Guide. Remember that food waste must be thrown in the trash unless you are dining in the LaCava Café.

If you are missing a trash or recycling bin please put in a work order with Facilities Management here.

Learn More About Our Recycling Program



Bentley has been composting behind the scenes in kitchens for eight years. Food scraps are collected for composting in the university's three main preparatory kitchens servicing the 921 Dining Hall, the LaCava Lower Café, Faculty Staff Dining Room, campus catering operations and the Dana Center Food Court. Post-consumer (i.e. leftover) food from the 921 Dining Hall and catering operations is also collected in the university's compost program.

Community members can participate in composting in the LaCava Café.  This is currently the only location on campus where the community can participate.  Diners are encouraged to put food and paper based to-go containers in the compost bins.  To learn more about what is compostable in the LaCava Café click here.

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Food Rescue Program

In 2018, Bentley started a leftover food donation program in collaboration with Food for Free, a local non-profit food rescue organization. Through this program, leftover prepared food from the campus’ 921 Dining Hall is collected and frozen by Bentley Dining staff. This frozen food is picked up by Food for Free several times per week and turned into meals for people in need in the Greater Boston Area. Bentley donated a total of 9,725 pounds of leftover prepared food in 2018.  

This program is currently on hold due to COVID, but hopefully it will restart soon.

Give 'N Go

Give 'N Go

Also contributing to the university’s waste diversion rate has been Bentley’s sustainable move out program, “Give 'N Go.” This program encourages students to donate unwanted belongings as they move out of residence halls at the end of the academic year.  Reusable goods like clothing, furniture and kitchen items are collected and donated to Goodwill Northern New England. In addition, all non-perishable food donated by residential students is given to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Hudson, NH. In total, Bentley students donated 10.54 tons of reusable items to Goodwill and 948 pounds of food to the food bank during the spring 2018 move out cycle.  

Give 'N Go was paused due to COVID in 2019 & 2020.  We hope to recommence the program in Spring 2021

Learn More About Give 'N Go

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Electronics recycling

Bentley offers two electronic recycling stations for students, faculty and staff to recycle old electronics such as batteries, cell phones, hand-held electronics and inkjet cartridges. Stations are located are on the ground floor of the library (next to the Client Services desk) and the first floor of Morison Hall.

Bentley Owned Electronics   

Items such as networked printers, copiers, and fax machines that are marked with a network tag or ID are handled by Client Services.  Please contact them if you have one of these items that are no longer using in your department. Client Services will pick up the item, test it and determine if it can be re-purposed on campus.

Other Bentley owned electronics such as small desktop printers, scanners and small electronics (batteries, CDs/DVDs, VHS tapes, CFLs) used in Bentley departments can be recycled through Facilities Management.  Faculty and Staff can put in a work order (or call x2208) at least 5 days in advance for the movers to pick up your electronics for recycling.  Facilities Management will come get these items and aggregate them for recycling by North Coast Services

Personal Electronics

Bentley does not provide recycling services for large personal electronics.  Large electronics can be recycled in a number of ways.  Best Buy offers free recycling services for electronics, even if you didn't buy them at Best Buy!  The closest Best Buy to Bentley's campus is in Watertown, MA.   This is a great example of a company taking responsibility for the full life-cycle of their products.

Most towns provide "Household Hazardous Waste Days" or "Electronics Recycling Days" several times per year where residents can leave electronics at the curb for pick up. Some towns require residents to drop electronics off at the Department of Public Works.  Check out your town's website and look under "DPW" or "Solid Waste and Recycling" for more information.

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ReUse Program

Our newly created Reuse Teams Site is a place for employees to swap office items with others on campus. Check the Reuse Teams Site before purchasing new items as someone on campus may have the item that you seek. Thank you to the group of staff who created this site!
Please contact Laurie Moynihan to be added to the site.