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Harvard Law School is committed to the University-wide goal to reduce waste per capita 50% by 2020 and has long been a leader in reducing waste at Harvard. Waste reduction initiatives include campus-wide composting and single-stream recycling, Freecycle events and donation stations, and electronic waste collection areas.

What to Compost

  • All food waste
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Wooden stirrers
  • Napkins
  • Paper towels
  • All Hark to-go containers

What to Recycle

HLS Green Team sorting waste at commencement.

Harvard Law School volunteers to help sort waste at commencement.

All in one bin:

  • Paper items & cardboard
  • Glass jars & bottles
  • Plastics (#1-7)
  • Metal cans & foil

Live off campus? Explore the recycling guidelines for Cambridge, Somerville, Boston.

What to Put in the Trash

  • Plastic utensils
  • Plastic bags
  • Wrappers
  • Styrofoam
  • Straws

What To Do with E-Waste

HLS has five electronic waste collection areas which can be found on the?University-wide map?along with e-waste collection sites across the University. ?What can go in the e-waste tubes

  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Cell phones
  • Adapters and chargers
  • Electrical cords

Please note:

  • CFLs should also be recycled at these locations, preferably sealed in bubble-wrap.
  • Please wrap all batteries in tape to reduce the possibility of short circuits and fires during transport.
  • Computers, monitors, laptops, printer cartridges (both toner and inkjets), and other large electronic equipment, for secure destruction, can be brought to the ITS Help Desks in the WCC basement for recycling.

What to Terracycle

There are numerous Terracycle drop off boxes across campus. Through Terracycle, we are able to up-cycle items that would otherwise end up in the landfill into new products.

  • Chip bags
  • Writing instruments
  • Cookie wrappers
  • Energy and granola bar wrappers

What to Reuse

Harvard Law School is committed to minimizing waste by promoting reuse. Each year, new students receive an HLS reusable travel mug at orientation, which they can use to receive free morning coffee throughout the year by the Pub Servery and for discounts at the Café.

The HLS Green Team hosts Freecycles, through which you can drop off items such as office and school supplies that you no longer need and pick up something new-to-you for free.

Community members browse donated clothing at the annual Fashion Swapaganza.

Community members browse donated clothing at the annual Fashion Swapaganza organized by the Women’s Law Association.

Donation Stations are located in the Hark Concourse year-round. Each spring during move out, donation stations are set up throughout the dorms. Unwanted clothing, dorm furniture and decor, dry goods and other materials, will be donated or sold back to the student body at reasonable prices during the annual Stuff Sale at the start of the academic year, with all proceeds going towards charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity.

Reuse Resources

Facilities Management Office: If you’re looking to either get rid of or acquire used furniture, contact Facilities at or 617-495-5521.