Our materials management program is successfully decreasing the amount of solid waste we generate by joyfully reducing and reusing. Between 2008 and 2015 we reduced our solid waste by 15% percent.

The Flow of Materials

Regardless of where an item was purchased or how it found its way onto campus, it will be placed into our collection bins. From there, our Environmental Services staff empty these bins and move the bags to the curb. Next, two members of the Buildings and Grounds staff take the bags to our Recycle Yard where work-study students help sort bags into our roll-off containers. The waste is sorted into: cardboard, landfill, metal, and two recycling streams - one for paper products and one for glass, metal and plastic containers. Once sorted, Royal Carting takes our recycling to the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency. Click here to see what you can and can't recycle in the campus bins. Landfill waste is trucked 250 miles to Ontario County Landfill.  The low value single stream recycling goes to the ReCommunity in Beacon, NY.

Dive Deep:  take a step to becoming "BardE3 Certfied" by getting all the nitty gritty details in this PowerPoint


Bard has a FreeUse store where we stock gently used clothing, dishes, office supplies and more. FreeUse is open when classes are in session and only accepts items from Bard, though anyone living in the surrounding area is welcome to put clothes and shoes in the Helpsy metal bin located outside FreeUse.

HOURS 5pm-7pm Monday through Thursday and 1-2pm Friday through Sunday. Closed school holidays.  Check out this video with our store inventory from August 2019.


Bard recycles all types of paper; glass, metal, and plastic containers; electronics; and more. We sort our recyclables. 

Containers (glass, metal and plastic) go in their own recycling bin, separate from the paper recycling. 

We can take plastic "TBJs" aka TUBS, BOTTLES, JUGS/JARS and LIDS - keep the tops on. 

We can help you recycle special items, like toner, cell phones, plastic bags and film, etc. Electronic waste can be brought to the sustainability office in B&G or to the E-waste bin on the second floor of the campus center. If you have questions about where an item should go to be recycled feel free to contact our office—we're here to help! Click here for a simple guide on what you can recycle in the normal bins.

For BardE3 Certification - read about our system and the rules for the Bard Bins with this PowerPoint.


Bard is responsible for ensuring we responsibly manage our toxic and hazardous materials.  We contract for the proper handling disposal of hazardous waste as well as electronic waste. If you have questions about discarding an item that you think may be hazardous contact our office. Click here for more information about how to deal with hazardous materials.