BCC Green Team

BCC's Green Team coordinates efforts to reduce the College's carbon footprint, maintain sustainable practices, seek funding to carry out initiatives, and coordinate these efforts with other colleges and institutions. Green Team members include faculty, staff, students, alumni, and some members of the community. The Green Team meets monthly, and all are welcome to join!

Berkshire Community College has a goal of Zero Waste by the end of 2020. This involves long-term planning of campus activities, practices and policies which reduce the amount of waste materials going into the landfill. One of the ways we measure our progress is by participating in the annual Recyclemania contest, through which we've calculated that our current waste diversion rate is 84%. This means about four-fifths of our waste is being diverted from trash through re-use, recycling, and composting.



    All branded plastic containers (such as soda and water bottles), metal cans, and other items on which you find a recycling symbol should be deposited in the plastic recycling receptacles provided by the College.  A full guide for recycling and composting is below.  

    If you are bringing supplies, please consider bringing items that can be recycled or composted. For example, please bring compostable paper plates instead of Styrofoam.   

    Items with small wrappers (gum, individually wrapped small candies) are strongly discouraged as it can be difficult to recycle/compost the small wrappers in the outdoor weather.  

    Plastic & Glass  

    • Plastic containers with the #1–7 symbols (you may leave caps on bottles) 
    • Plastic grocery bags with the #2 and #4 symbols — includes milk jugs, water bottles, plastic yogurt cups, microwave food trays.  
    • You may recycle clear, brown, green and blue glass bottles and jars. 


    • You may recycle computer paper (all colors), fax paper, carbonless forms, shredded paper, envelopes (windows are OK), post-it notes, newspapers & magazines, flatboard (such as cereal boxes), paper bags. Staples, paper clips and rubber bands are OK! 


    • All food 
    • Food-soiled uncoated paper (paper cups & plates, paper towels, napkins, coffee grounds & filters, tea bags, wax paper/cartons, pizza boxes) 
    • Low-grade paper (tissue paper, tissues, straw wrappers, paper sugar packets) 
    • Compostable plastics — look for the words “PLA” or “Compostable” to identify compostable plastics. 


    • Bottles that contained hazardous materials 
    • Styrofoam cups and plates 
    • Plastic garbage bags, food storage bags, or plastic film 
    • Paper towels, tissues, napkins, or paper cups should be composted
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Contact Us

Questions or concerns?

Email: Laura Saldarini, BCC Green Team Co-Chair
Phone: 413–236–2102

Email: Christian Tenczar, BCC Green Team Co-Chair
Phone: 413–236–2165

Annual Events

Campus Green-up/Clean-up, BCC Main Campus

Each spring the BCC community is excited to get outside and bring our Main campus back to life after another long winter! Our facilities folks lead the charge and provide rakes, shovels, gloves and encouragement.


Green Up Your Work Space

Adopt a plant for your work space, all you need is a clean jar to get started.  Check out more details on the project and how to participate! 

What items are compostable?

Every container, wrapper and utensil in the BCC cafeteria is made of special compostable material (except branded item containers, such as chip bags and Pepsi cups)! Restroom paper towels are also compostable. Please place ALL food waste and cafeteria containers, cups, wrappers and utensils in the compost waste bins, and toss used paper towels in the small black compost bins by the restroom doors. Every item composted helps us protect the environment.

What items are recyclable?

All branded plastic containers (such as soda and water bottles), metal cans, and other items on which you find a recycling symbol should be deposited in the plastic recycling receptacles. Paper is deposited in the separate paper receptacle.

With everyone's help, we could be the first college to no longer use large trash dumpsters! Your participation is essential in helping the College reach this goal. For waste reduction tips, visit The Center for EcoTechnology.


At the 2018 annual Green Team FORUM, the Green Team was honored to receive the Alan Silverstein & Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership through the Center for EcoTechnolog (CET). According to the CET website, this annual award is presented " to a local citizen who is working in his or her community to benefit the local environment — with a focus on reducing the harmful impacts humans can have on the environment — and the positive steps people can take at home, work and in their communities that help protect the environment, improve public health and build community."