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Recycling and Composting Projects


  • Composting
  • Waste Warriors
  • Catalog Diversion Program
  • Disposal Policy

Projects Completed


  • The RWG played a role in encouraging and discussing the joint Town of Hanover/Dartmouth composting project which began operation in summer 1998. This facility enables community-wide composting of our local "green stream," yard waste, waste paper (not recyclable), and bio solids from the waste water treatment plant. Interns working in Dining Services helped to educate students about compost sorting in the dining areas.

Waste Warriors

  • In 1997 the Office of Residential Life worked with the recycling program and Procurement Services to implement "on floor" recycling in the residence halls. Fifty-five Waste Warrior™ metal enclosed recycling containers have been placed on all nearly all floors in the 15 residence halls that have corridors wide enough to accommodate them. This group continues to work to find acceptable ways to provide similar recycling alternatives in as many of the remaining residence halls as possible. Student representatives of ECO (the Environmental Conservation Organization) have taken on the task of emptying these containers and bringing recyclable materials to basement recycling rooms where building custodians can ensure pick-up on the appropriate day.

Catalog Diversion Program

  • Spurred by Dartmouth Recycles, Dartmouth began a catalog diversion program early in winter term 1997. In this program, address lists of all unwanted publications were compiled through campus-wide inquiries and continued polling, and each distributor of publications was notified of individual names that should be purged from their lists. Dartmouth Recycles estimated a 20-ton reduction in unwanted publication distributions. The RWG discussed and encouraged this program.

Disposal Policy

  • Procurement Services initiated a College-wide disposal policy to coordinate the disposition of surplus property in 1998. Dartmouth's disposal policy includes reuse on campus as the first option, discharge of material to non-profits for reuse as the second option, recycling as the third option, and finally controlled disposal. The RWG discussed and encouraged this initiative. Institutionally owned computers are covered by this disposal policy, and there is a Used Equipment Exchange facility available at for individuals to buy and sell used computers.

Last Updated: 1/14/09