Reducing, reusing, and recycling our trash at Harvard generates significant environmental and economic benefits. Harvard began measuring its rate of recycling in 1989, which has since increased from 5% to 53% of the waste stream in 2012. During that same period, per capita trash went down from 660 pounds to 361 pounds.
These ongoing efforts are multi-dimensional and include active participation from the building management community, students and student organizations, procurement and purchasing staff, occupant engagement groups, and the Office for Sustainability. The Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO) group performs many of the day-to-day handling and removal services as well as the contract management for the primary recycling and waste haulers.
The Zero Waste Alliance© defines Zero Waste as a reduction of 90% or more of waste diverted away from landfills or incinerators from a benchmark year.
Furniture, supplies, equipment and a wide-variety of other items are available for free to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis.