“A lot of people like lollipops. I don’t like lollipops. To me, a lollipop is hard candy plus garbage. I don’t need a handle. Just give me the candy.”– Demetri Martin
Waste is generated all over campus. Watch this video to make sure you place your waste in the correct bin, and explore the links below for more information on waste at Carleton.
Office Supply Swap Shop
The Office Supply Swap Shop is located in the Sustainability Office which is in the Facilities Building. It is open from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Carleton employees can either drop off or pick up office supplies, in an effort to avoid purchasing new products while sending still-usable items to the landfill. The shelves are stocked with binders of every size and color, desk organizers, envelopes, paper clips, binder clips, bookends, hanging folders, file folders, staplers, hole punchers, tape dispensers, sheet protectors, envelopes, whiteboard markers and erasers, and more. You never know what you’ll find, stop on by and get inspired!
Campus Surplus Disposal
Per Carleton’s Campus Disposal Policy, we try to reuse or repurpose items on campus before we resort to sending them to the landfill. When campus assets are no longer needed, we use GovDeals as an online auction site to sell any unwanted surplus. This includes all types of items ranging from vehicles to exercise, kitchen and lab equipment, to shelving and more. Funds from Carleton’s GovDeals sales goes to waste reduction efforts across campus. Contact the Business Office to find out who is the campus GovDeals contact for your department.
The Compostables Store was a direct response from campus departments who wanted to avoid plastic or styrofoam but couldn’t justify the cost of compostable cutlery and dinnerware. In partnership with the Custodial Department, we purchase items by the case from our vendors and pass the savings down to each department. Fill out this form to place and order. Contact email@example.com if you would like to order by the case.
Green2Go Reusable To-Go Food Containers
The Sustainability Office and Bon Appétit launched Green2Go, a reusable to-go container pilot program, for Spring Term 2020 in Sayles Café with the hopes of reducing single-use compostable clamshells. Originally planned for a pilot program of 100 students and 25 faculty/staff, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a change to the program. It was decided to use the containers for all who requested them during the latter half of Spring Term 2020 as few people were on campus at the time. For more information about the program, please visit the Green2Go Frequently Asked Questions Page.
Custodial Waste Busters
Formed in the fall of 2011, the Custodial Waste Busters is a group of custodians that meets throughout the year to discuss and work to improve Carleton’s waste system. Representing every building on campus, this group of custodians has been instrumental in identifying problems and developing solutions to the disposal of waste at Carleton.
Past projects have included…
- Implementation of the Carleton Community Waste Program
- Raising awareness about the Lighten Up Garage Sale
- Waste data collection leading to a reduction in exterior totes
- Educational outreach and waste monitoring at events such as graduation picnics and zero-waste basketball games
Browse more of the Custodial Department’s sustainability achievements.
Lighten Up Garage Sale
Each year, Carleton’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) partners with three local non-profit organizations — Project Friendship, Northfield Special Olympics, and the Northfield Union of Youth (“The Key”) — to organize the annual Lighten Up Garage Sale. In 2018, we raised $36,000 for these three non-profits.
At the end of each academic year, sites are set up across campus to collect unwanted items from students as they prepare to move out of the residence halls. A staggering number of items are collected each year. Although the sale provides a way to reuse these items instead of sending them to the landfill, it is also a sobering reminder of how much we consume.
Carleton encourages new and returning students to carefully consider what they truly need and to avoid buying or bringing extra items to campus. See this move-in guide created by Sustainability Assistant Rebecca Muhlheim ’21 for more info.
Free & For Sale Frenzy
The Free and For Sale Frenzy is a pop-up consignment shop organized and put on by the Sustainability Assistants. Once a term, students are invited to drop off clothing they would like to sell, tag it with a price and their venmo account, and the Sustainability Assistants do the rest! All clothing is hung or displayed for a formal sale that occurs after the drop-off period ends. Anyone can shop, they simply check out by showing a volunteer that they have paid the other student via venmo.
The goal of the Free and For Sale Frenzy is to promote responsible consumption of goods. Please see the Project Guide for more information on how to host your own event. The Free and For Sale Frenzy occurs every 8th Sunday of each term. Interested in putting on your own Frenzy? This guide can help!
With funds from GovDeals surplus sales, the Sustainability Office donates money to student organizations in exchange for their time volunteering at athletic and other large scale events to help attendees properly sort their trash.
Each year, the Sustainability Office hosts the Repair Fair- a community event that pairs broken items with volunteer fixers. Attendees learn a new skill in repairing items so they don’t end up in the landfill! This presentation was given in April 2020 by Sustainability Assistant Emma Leither ’20 and Becca Horwitz ’22 for how we run our program.