We compost!

Did you know that Brandeis composts all food waste in Lower Usdan, Sherman, and Kutz Bakery, and we have compost bins in Upper Usdan? Read about what happens to our compost here.

Download the guidance document on recycling:

Recycling handout

How to recycle other items

Best Buy and Staples collect items like old cell phones, home audio/video equipment, and some take rechargeable batteries, all for free. Check their sites for a list of what they will accept.

Not sure how to recycle something else? RecycleNation and Earth 911 list other locations where you can drop off items we do not collect on campus.

What can I recycle?


Click any of the images below to enlarge our guidance on recycling and waste:





Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), ink cartridges for desktop printers, and batteries: Please take these items to the collection area in Gerstenzang. CFLs are considered hazardous, and must NOT go into trash or recycling bins. 

The CFL/ink cartridge/battery waste collection area is located in the entrance of Gerstenzang between Edison-Lecks and Abelson-Bass (not the entrance from Volen plaza).

Waste collection area in G'zang

Photo of Gerstenzang collection area for CFLs, ink cartridges, & batteries

E-waste: Should be taken to the Feldberg collection area, located at the entrance to Feldberg on the lower level facing Fellows Garden. If items are large or you have difficulty taking them to Feldberg, please contact Facilities Services for assistance.

New process for ink/toner cartridges for large multifunction printers: 

1. Send your cartridges via interoffice mail to the mailroom. The mailroom will collect the cartridges and ship them back to Ricoh to be recycled.

2. If you prefer to ship your cartridges back to Ricoh on your own, follw these steps:

For cartridges that have UPS or FedEx shipping labels inside: remove the label from the box. Place the used cartridge in the box and tape the prepaid shipping label to the outside of the package. Please use the return instructions on the label. 

For cartridges that do not have a prepaid label already, or to ship multiple cartridges in a box of your own: print a prepaid UPS shipping label, and please follow the instructions on the Ricoh website.

For help finding locations to recycle other materials, check out sites such as the Earth 911 recycling guide and RecycleNation.

Note on "certified compostable" dishware: The "certified compostable" label can be misleading. It means that items are tested in "industrial composting facilties" to biodegrade by 60% in 180 days. However, these facilities are extremely limited in MA, and the majority of compost in the Boston area is sent to farm-style compost operations. Many "certified compostable" items that do make it to farm-style compost operations cannot break down sufficiently, and ultimately get sifted out as trash. The waste hauler we have our current contract with cannot accept most "certified compostable" items, including plastics, for this reason.