Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Our solid waste program is designed to decrease the amount of solid waste we generate. It has been working! Since 2005 we’ve reduced our waste by 30 percent.
Find out what to do

Find out what to do

  • How to recycle everyday items, computers, and even plastic bags
  • Our policies related to reusing items through FreeUse (campus free store)
  • What to do with furniture and cell phones and other misc. materials.
  • Got food scraps? Bard composts!
  • Bard has to prove materials are not hazardous before they go to the landfill or down the drain
  • How to recycle if you live off campus
  • What to do if you have a special event

The Flow of Materials

Regardless of where an item was purchased or how it found its way onto campus, it makes its way into our bins. From there, our Environmental Services staff empy these bins and move the bags to the curb. Next, two members of the Buildings and Grounds staff take the bags to our recycle yard where work-study students help sortt bags into our roll-off containers. The waste is sorted into: cardboard, landfill, metal, and single stream recyclables. Once sorted, Royal Carting takes cardboard to the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency. Landfill waste is transferred to Columbia County, then trucked 250 miles to Ontario County Landfill. Metal gets recycled at  Millens, and then single stream recycling goes to the ReCommunity in Beacon, NY.


Bard recycles all types of paper; glass, metal, and plastic containers; electronics; and more. Click below for instructions and downloads.


Bard has a FreeUse store where we stock gently used clothing, dishes, and office supplies generated from other places on campus, and open when classes are in session.


You can now compost food scraps in the Residence Halls.  Environmental Services brings it curbside as needed.


State and federal regulations are in place to help us improve our handling of hazardous materials. Bard is responsible for waste materials after they leave our campus.