Sustainability at Franklin Pierce

Recycling FAQ


Does Franklin Pierce Recycle?

Yes! FPU has partnered with Monadnock Disposal Services to offer single-stream recycling. This system eliminates the step of having to sort glass, aluminum, plastics and paper into separate bins, making recycling easy and convenient. Casella’s zero-sort recycling process takes care of the rest.

  NOTE: Placing non-recyclable trash in RECYCLING containers contaminates them and causes them to be disposed as trash. This increases disposal costs, adds to the problem of environmental degradation, and counteracts our efforts to recycle. To prevent contamination of recycling containers and ensure our recycling efforts are effective, please keep trash bags, Styrofoam, and other non-recyclable trash OUT of the recycling containers. For more about what materials can be recycled and what is trash, please see “What Can Be Recycled?” below.

  Two independent studies on the FPU Rindge campus documented that 42% of our “garbage” is actually recyclable. We can improve our recycling rate with everyone’s participation. All administrative, academic and recreational buildings have recycling bins next to every garbage can. Students living in residence halls are expected to place all recyclables in bins next to vending machines and in recycling dumpsters outside. For questions about bins and recycling, contact or 899-4122.

Why Recycle?

Recycling saves wildlife habitat. It reduces the need for mining metals, cutting trees, and drilling for oil.

Recycling saves energy. It takes 95% LESS energy to make an Aluminum can from recycled materials than from new raw materials.

Recycling saves our climate. Garbage left to decompose in landfills or burned in incinerators produces greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.

Recycling saves money. It costs less to recycle than to pay the fees for dumping garbage in a landfill or incinerator

Recycling creates jobs. Transporting, sorting, re-processing, and manufacturing recycled materials into new products are part of the new green economy.

FPU Goes single stream recycling What Can Be Recycled?

  • All numbered plastics #1 through #7 (EXCEPTION: Plastic bags, regardless of their recycling number code, must stay OUT of the recycling bins. Please empty your recyclables (cans, bottles, paper, etc.) into the proper container and place plastic bags in the TRASH.)
  • Glass bottles (NOT window panes, light bulbs, etc.)
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Steel cans
  • Paper (all colors and sizes; staples are OK)
  • Cardboard (NOTE: Corrugated cardboard should be separated and placed in specially marked outdoor containers. Non-corrugated cardboard goes with paper.)
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Special Recycling Categories:

  • Electronics (computers, cell phones, printers, etc.): These contain harmful materials which must be separated from the regular single-stream recycling. Electronics should be brought to the Facilities warehouse. Contact Bob St. Jean at 899-4022 with questions about electronics recycling.)
  • Batteries: Rechargeable AND non-rechargeable batteries should be dropped off in specially labeled boxes located in three locations: Marcucella Hall, by the lounge area; the I.T. Help Desk; and the foyer in Edgewood Hall, where the Sustainability Center is located. Contact 899-4214 with questions about battery recycling.
  • Clothing: Place clean clothing and shoes in the Planet Aid bin located at the end of the general parking lot near the Ravencroft Theatre. The Sustainability Center receives a small percentage of profits from this bin. Contact 899-4175 with questions about clothing donations, or donations of furniture, appliances and home goods during move-out day.

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  • Cooking Oil: Baker Commodities currently pays for our cooking oil. Baker Commodities is a green company that recycles 100% of this material into bio-fuels.


  • Plastic Bags
  • Soiled Food Containers
  • Food Waste
  • Styrofoam
  • Wrappers

These are trash and must be disposed of properly to avoid contamination of recycling containers.

Where Do I Take My Recycling?

All administrative, academic and recreational buildings have recycling bins next to every garbage can; these are emptied by the recycling team. Students living in residence halls are expected to place all recyclables in bins next to vending machines and in recycling dumpsters outside. Recycling dumpsters are located outside New Hampshire, Mount Washington, and Lakeview. There are large outdoor recycling stations outside Northwoods and Mountainview.

NOTE: Do not put trash – including plastic bags or packaging – in the recycling dumpsters. Only recyclables – plastic bottles, glass, aluminum and steel containers, paper and non-corrugated cardboard – go in the recycling containers. EMPTY your bag into the recycling container and then place the bag in the TRASH dumpster. Place corrugated cardboard in specially marked outdoor containers behind the Library, next to the Campus Center, or at the Facilities building. Containers contaminated by too much trash will be disposed as trash, so please help ensure everyone’s efforts are supported by doing your part.

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For questions about recycling, contact or 899-4122. Many buildings on campus have Eco Rangers – faculty or staff who can answer questions about recycling and sustainability – on site. The Sustainability Center also offers a “Recycling Roadshow” to assist offices or groups with understanding and practicing recycling on campus.

Sustainability Coordinator
Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture
Franklin Pierce University - Rindge, New Hampshire

Phone: 603-899-4175

Facebook: SustainableFPU