Sustainability at Reed

Recycling & Waste Management

How does Reed manage recycling and waste management?

Reed College tracks waste, recycling and compost on an annual basis to determine how efficiently we are recycling and to compare waste volumes over time. We want to optimize the opportunity to recycle and compost and decrease the volume of waste. The goal is to keep the combined volume of all three at the lowest possible level. 

Reed College works diligently to educate facilities staff and others on waste management procedures, divert recyclables from the waste stream when possible, and provide education on recycling activities.

Reed recycles a variety of materials, including:

  • Bottles
  • Cans
  • Plastic
  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Metal
  • Tires
  • Lumber
  • Yard debris
  • Lighting tubes
  • Ballasts
  • Computers  and other electronic hardware
  • Phone books
  • Library books
  • Used photography solutions and other chemicals
  • Used oil
  • Lead-acid, NiCd, and other kinds of batteries
  • Food compost from Bon Appétit

Learn more about recycling at Reed