Wesleyan's recycling and trash goes to MIRA in Hartford; you can see a video of the single-stream recycling process on Dainty Rubbish's website (our waste hauler). Trash goes to a waste-to-energy incinerator in Hartford; the waste ash gets landfilled.
Wesleyan promotes the 5 Rs:
- Wesleyan joined EPA's Food Recovery Challenge in April 2013 to evaluate and reduce its food waste.
Reduce and Reuse
- Wesleyan's Freecycle program provides a way for the Wesleyan community to reuse unwanted items.
- The annual Waste Not collection and tag sale prevents move-out waste from ending up in the incinerator and saves students money in the fall.
- Wesleyan's recycling program has diverted waste since the 1980s. Download a recycling poster or handout to learn more about on-campus recycling.
- Woodframe residents have curbside recycling serviced by the City of Middletown.
- PROSHRED collects and shreds confidential documents for recycling in over 30 campus departments. If there isn't a PROSHRED box in your department, read more about the program and contact Olga Bookas.
- Wesleyan recycles non-conventional items, like CDs, cell phones, string lights, and batteries.
- Composting programs for Usdan, Summerfields, and student residences turn food and yard waste into rich compost.
Jeff Sweet, SAGES Recycling Subcommittee Chair
If you have issues with recycling pickup, call Customer Service at (860) 685-3400.