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Answer your recycling and e-waste recycling questions here! E-mail any further questions to the HLS Sustainability Coordinator at email@example.com.
Recycling at the Law School is “Single Stream,” which means that ALL recyclable materials are placed into the SAME recycling bin.
What can be recycled? Paper, cardboard, books, magazines, milk/juice cartons, glass bottles, metal cans, and plastics #1-7. Do NOT recycle foam, plastic bags, plastic wrappers, or plastic films. Don’t be fooled: foam can be imprinted with a recycling symbol and the number 5 or 6, but we cannot recycle foam of any kind at our local recycling plant. Please see the chart below for the full list of recyclable and non-recyclable items.
In order to prevent contamination, it is important to drain liquids from containers (remove the cap to allow extra liquid to evaporate) and discard food before recycling. Please note that pizza boxes are now recyclable; simply empty them of food, napkins, etc, and stack them next to your nearest recycling bin. Plastic "to-go" containers from the Hark are recyclable, as are paper cups and plates.
If you’d like help in developing signs for a particular event you’re planning, contact the HLS Sustainability Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Batteries, CDs/DVDs, tapes, floppy disks, cables, cords, cell phones, PDAs, and other small electronic devices can be dropped off to electronic waste collection sites outside the Facilities Office on Holmes 1, the Langdell circulation desk, the first floor lobby of 125 Mt. Auburn, the Administrative Dean's Office on Griswold 2nd floor, the Caspersen Student Center 1st floor hallway under the ramp leading to the cafe, and at the ITS Help Desk in the basement of WCC. CFLs should also be recycled at these locations; be sure to cushion and seal bulbs in the provided bubble-wrap bags. Prior to drop off, the terminals of Lithium and Lithium-Ion batteries (from laptops, phones, cameras, etc), should be wrapped in tape, to reduce the possibility of short circuits and fires during transport.
Printer cartridges (both toner and inkjet) can be brought to the ITS Helpdesk in the WCC basement or to the 2nd floor lobby of 125 Mt. Auburn (upon exiting the elevators, turn to the right) for recycling.
Computers, monitors, laptops, other large electronic equipment, and data for secure destruction can be brought to the ITS Help Desks in the WCC basement for recycling. Visit the ITS web site to learn about HLS secure data destruction policies.
Contact the HLS Sustainability Coordinator at email@example.com with questions about e-waste recycling.
HLS is Terracycling! Terracycle is an innovative waste reduction solution that takes previously hard-to recycle or non-recyclable items and recycles or upcycles them into cool new products. At HLS, terracycle bins are located on the 1st floor of the Caspersen Student center under the ramp leading up to the cafe, at the ITS helpdesk in the basement of WCC and in the 1st Year Legal Writing and Research Program Office in Griswold 1st floor.
We are currently collecting the following waste:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to get a Terracycle bin for your office!
Recycling is an important part of sustainability, but reducing and reusing are event better! Finding what you need without buying it new helps save valuable resources, and is usually less expensive. There are a number of opportunities for both passing on unneeded items and "gently used" items at HLS and at Harvard.
A first step for staff, faculty, and student organizations looking to either get rid of or acquire used furniture is to contact Facilities Management at email@example.com or 517-495-5521. Facilities may have just what you need already.
One person’s trash is another's treasure. Does your office have surplus supplies it no longer needs, but which would be useful to another office? Do you have books, furniture, and other items from home you’d like to donate? Join the HLS Freecycling e-mail list; to subscribe send a PLAIN TEXT e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org containing the text subscribe hlsfreecycle.
It is helpful to use the following general guidelines when posting to the list. Use the following subject line keys: OFFER, WANTED, CLAIMED, RECEIVED. Replies regarding an item should only be sent to the original poster. As a courtesy, send a brief e-mail to the list when an item is no longer available. Please also note that HLS-purchased items should be redistributed for HLS office/organizational use whenever possible. The HLS Freecycle listserv is a Green Team initiative; to learn more, visit the Green Team page.
To swap items around Harvard, check out Harvard Sells, where you can load photos of items for sale or into facebook albums and browse items offered.
The Harvard classifieds are a great way for staff to swap or re-use home or office goods through the harvie staff intranet. Visit the Harvie Classifieds to post or browse items (Harvard staff login required).
HLS-List is an online classifieds portal for HLS students run by the Dean of Students Office. Students may create an account and then post items for sale/giveaway/wanted.
Crimsonlist is another online classifieds portal reaching Harvard students across all University Schools. Browse immediately; create an account to contact sellers or list items for sale.
From Harvard Recycling...
Surplus Furniture and other items are available at Harvard's Recycling and Surplus Center in Allston (175 North Harvard Street) every Thursday from 11am-2pm! If donating furniture, please instruct your movers to contact us 24 hours before delivery (e-mail email@example.com) so that we can receive and display everything safely. We can take material only from Harvard buildings which use our waste and recycling services, and we can never receive any trash or hazardous waste.
When donating file cabinets and desks, please unlock, open up and clean out all drawers. We cannot receive any furniture with unknown contents.
Please keep in mind that parking space limitations force us to be STRICT ABOUT PARKING RULES. Please respect our neighbors' need to maintain safe traffic flow around the Recycling and Surplus Center . When here for Thursday's Surplus Distribution, follow the parking monitor's direction and park only in designated areas. You may also park in the free spaces in the streets adjacent to the property.
Everything is free, first-come, first-served and open to everyone.
Staff and faculty, you can choose not to receive a paper copy of the Harvard Magazine and Harvard Resource. Retirees may also opt-out of the Harvard Gazette. To do so, log-in to PeopleSoft > Self Service > Harvard Publications.
Events, such as conferences, luncheons, and even office meetings can generate large quantities of waste if not properly managed. If you are planning an event, generate less waste by using reusable dish ware and utensils and serving water from pitchers instead of bottles. Providing adequate recycling bins and accompanying signs helps guests properly manage their own waste. For more information, check out these event waste reducing tips from the Harvard Green Office Resource, as well as "Zero Waste" event tips from the Office for Sustainability.
If you'd like to learn more about HLS' waste reduction efforts at the 2009 Commencement luncheon for over 3,000 people, check out a story about the "Recycling Tent" on the Office for Sustainability web page; it helped the event achieve a 65% recycling rate!
Do you see recycling bins with outdated signs such as "Cans and Bottles" or "Paper Only"? Do you work or live in an area without proper recycling bins? Other suggestions for improving our recycling practices? Contact the the HLS Sustainability Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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