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Waste & Recycling

Waste and recycling is managed by WPI’s Facilities Department. A number of WPI projects have address waste management. Recent research has focused on waste reduction and robotic approaches for sorting materials.

Recyclables at WPI are clean plastic, paper, cardboard, glass, and aluminum products that can be converted into other usable products.

Single Stream Recycling Guidelines

Waste Management Recycling Guide

Myth-busting Fact Sheet

Several faculty members also conduct research regarding waste and recycling, including Berk Calli, Marion Emmert, Adam Powell, Yan Wang, and Mingjiang Tao.


Receptacles are placed around campus for easy access.

WPI also participates in the annual Recyclemania competition. The 2020 results can be found here.

There are many different programs WPI supporting waste reduction and recycling at WPI, including Project Clean Plate, the Annual Waste Audit, and E-Waste Drive. A complete list of programs can be found here.