Sustainable Move-In

Welcome back, huskies!

Move-in day is one of the most exciting and busiest events on campus! Unfortunately, it generates a significant amount of waste. As you unpack your bags and settle on campus, here are some sustainable resources to help reduce waste generation and impacts on the environment.

Sustainable tips for move-in

Look out for recycling bins

Every residential hall has a designated location with recycling and trash bins. Look for those and utilize them to the best of your ability. Let us reduce waste one box at a time!

    Stock up on reusables

    It will be a bit hectic during the move-in but try to bring your reusable water bottle. Do your best to avoid single-use utensils and get a few cotton or linen cloths to use instead of single-use napkins or paper towels.

      Limit your electronic waste

      Do your best to procure ENERGY STAR labeled electronics or those certified by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). Those tend to work more efficiently and have a longer lifespan than an average device.

        Pack in containers you already have

        Instead of buying new boxes every year, try using reusable containers like moving bags with handles for easy transport, sealable storage bins, or suitcases. Remember to save your boxes for later or flatten and recycle them! 

        • The cardboard used in cardboard boxes is one of the most environmentally- friendly materials, as it can be recycled up to 25 times. 
        • Reusing containers you already own can help reduce waste around your household and save you money in the long run!

        Get creative with wrapping solutions

        Rather than buying bubble wrap for your move, consider using sheets, towels, and clothing to reduce waste 

        • Bubble wrap is not biodegradable and takes between 10 and 1,000 years to decompose once it’s in a landfill completely. 
        • If you were to throw away bubble wrap today, it could still be sitting in a landfill in the year 2272! 

          Go local for your cardboard

          If you need to use cardboard boxes, check in with shops in your area to arrange to pick up their used ones after deliveries 

          • Used cardboard boxes help reduce waste and get the most uses possible out of your cardboard 
          • This can also help develop a healthy relationship with your favorite local shop owners 

          Additional information about Smart Recycling

          If you are interested in learning more about recycling, take a look at Recycle Smart to learn more about recycling practices in Massachusetts and gain more knowledge about mindfully recycling.

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