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One of the most important principles of sustainability is to reduce waste.

Waste Minimization

UMass Lowell has well-developed Recycling & Waste Diversion programs in place and continues to see reductions in solid waste and increases in recycling as the programs continually evolve.

The Office of Sustainability is committed to minimizing the amount of waste generated by the university.

To learn more about some of our initiatives in this area check out the following:

  • Zero-Sort Recycling - Learn about our Zero-Sort or single stream recycling program. Over the years, this program has proven to allow us to increase our recycling efforts.
  • Battery and Small Electronics Recycling Drop-Offs - At key points throughout the University there are collection bins hanging where members of the University community can drop-off any batteries or small electronics they may have for recycling free of charge. Find out where all the bins are located on this page.
  • Composting: Food Service Organics - The University has been working to implement a composting program University-Wide, learn more on this page.
  • Additional Recycling Programs by Material - In addition to the programs listed above the University works to recycle lots of other materials, a brief summary of some other initiatives are included on this page.
  • Tips for Desk-Side Recycling and Office Recycling Through Central Collection Points