Recycling, Composting, & Waste

The college runs its own recycling center and compost operation. Sixty-five percent of our waste was diverted from landfills in 2013 via composting, recycling, and reuse.

Recycling Resources

Middlebury College uses a no-sort recycling system. All recycling goes in one bin and everything else goes in the landfill bin.

Recycle: All paper of any color, envelopes, post-it notes, newspapers, magazines, boxboard (cereal boxes, etc), plastic containers (#1-7), glass (clear and colored), aluminum cans and foil, tin and steel cans, empty aerosol cans, clean pizza boxes

Note: Remove and trash plastic bottle caps before recycling!

What do I do with...

  • Batteries: Dispose in your dorm's battery collection bucket or bring to recycling center
  • Compact florescent light bulbs: Bring to collection bucket in commons room, Hillcrest, campus bookstore, or recycling center
  • Cardboard boxes: Break down and leave next to recycling bin
  • Bubble wrap: Leave neatly by bins
  • Packing peanuts: Contain in box or bag and leave by bins
  • Clothing, school supplies, furniture, appliances, rugs: Bring to recycling center for reuse or drop off at thrift store


300 TONS!
A collaborative effort between Dining Services and Facilities Management turns nearly 300 tons of annual food waste into rich piles of compost.

Composting cycle

  • Middlebury staff collect compost and mix into piles on campus
  • Compost decomposes and is screened
  • Compost is sent to a lab to be tested for quality
  • All compost is used on campus by landscaping staff

Composting at outdoor events
During all-campus picnics and other events, Dining Services works hard to maintain composting habits and minimize waste. Approximately 90% of the waste generated by these large outdoor events goes directly into the College's composting system instead of the landfill.