recycling at colby-sawyer

Colby-Sawyer recognizes that wise use of natural resources is essential in making sure resources are not consumed faster than they can regenerate. Colby-Sawyer continues to expand recycling and composting programs to encourage students, faculty and staff to keep organic and reusable materials out of landfills.

What Can I Recycle in "Zero-Sort" Bins?

Colby-Sawyer processes trash and recyclables using a "zero-sort" system, allowing for a larger variety of materials to be recycled with less hassle. This includes:

Cardboard: cereal boxes, pizza boxes, paper towel cores
Paper: newspapers, junk mail, brown bags, softcover books
Plastic: containers #1 - #7, milk jugs, detergent, shampoo bottles
Glass: bottles and containers
Metal: aluminum, tin, steel food cans

For more information, view Casella’s Zero-Sort Recycling List or check out signage at campus recycling collection centers.

What Else Can I Recycle?

Colby-Sawyer also collects Hard(er)-to-Recycle Items that may require specialized handling at stations in Colgate and the dining hall. If you have questions about Hard-to-Recycle materials, please contact Zero-Sort Recycling Intern Celena Salvo at

What About Composting?

Food scraps can be brought to the dining hall where they go into the EcoVim dehydrator and then to a local farm to be composted.
A smaller Vermicompost system, located in the Environmental Studies Green Suite, uses worms to break down food waste and creates nutrient-rich material for the Anne Baynes Hall Seedling Lot and Organic Garden.

Student Waste Reduction Initiatives

ReChargers: Student-run move-out program that collect unwanted items during the spring move-out period and store them over the summer to sell back in the fall during move-in. For more information, contact

Sustainability Core: Student-led club committed to leading a more sustainable lifestyle and creating more sustainability initiatives on campus. Weekly discussion topics include sustainable beauty routines, how to eat local, and how to shop conflict-free, in addition to workshops and campus events. For more information, contact

Feed the Freezer: Students focused on fighting food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food from the dining hall that would otherwise go to waste. FtF has teamed up with three local pantries to help distribute the food each week to people in the community who are in need. Each semester, the club organizes two to three food waste challenges in the dining hall to educate and create discussions about food waste and hunger. For more information, contact