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.
RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING GUIDELINES
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
DO NOT RECYCLE
- 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