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Office paper, phonebook recycling expand

The small gray MIT recycling containers in offices are no longer for white paper only. They are now "Mixed Paper" bins and can also be used to recycle colored paper, envelopes with plastic windows, self-stick notes or memos, carbonless triplicate and manila envelopes without the clips. This is in addition to the items already listed on the containers: white letterhead, computer printout, typing paper, photocopy and pads.


The Department of Facilities has placed special green dumpsters in two locations on campus until January 2000 for phonebook recycling by the MIT community. They are located in the Sloan Lot by the underground parking ramp near Building E52 and between Buildings 11 and 13.

In addition to phonebooks, almost any softcover books with newsprint or white pages can be recycled, including course catalogues, magazines, paperback books, bound MIT reports and MIT Press catalogues. Manila folders and file folders (with metal supports removed) can also be recycled.

Materials may not have metal such as paperclips or file-folder supports, although staples are acceptable. Hardcover books and items in plastic bags are prohibited; paper bags or cardboard boxes are the only acceptable containers.

Permanent phonebook and catalogue recycling is available at dropoff sites located in Rm 56-086 near the stairs and Rm E25-171J by the loading dock. Please use the containers labeled "Phonebooks."

Questions, comments or suggestions about recycling should be addressed to the new recycling coordinator, Kevin Healy, at x3-6360 or

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 3, 1999.

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