Physical Plant has expanded options for recycling with two permanent drop-off locations for phone books and more locations for cardboard recycling.
Containers labeled "Phone books" have been placed in Rm E19-006 and Rm 56-086. Other materials that can be recycled with the phone books include catalogs, paperbacks, magazines, manila file folders and hanging files (without the metal supports).
Corrugated cardboard can now be recycled in Buildings 16,18, 54, 56, 66 and 68. Corrugated cardboard has a wavy middle layer. Waxed cardboard (with a shiny, waxy interior surface), layer chipboard (cereal, stationery or pizza boxes) and milk cartons cannot be recycled.
Boxes should be flattened and placed next to trash containers; custodial service teams will remove them. Flattening the boxes prevents contamination with packing material and also saves space in the recycling containers. Other buildings that offer corrugated cardboard recycling are Buildings 20, 26, 34, 36, 38, E17, E18, E19, E23, E25, E38, E51, E52, E53 and E56.
MIT Recycling has more information on its new Web pages at <http://web.mit.edu/facilities/environmental/recycling.html> (also accessible via Physical Plant's home page). Questions, comments or suggestions may be directed to recycling coordinator Jennifer Combs at x3-7671 or .
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 10, 1997.