American Studies


Wesleyan's recycling and trash goes to CRRA in Hartford; you can see a video of the single-stream recycling process on Dainty Rubbish's website (our waste hauler).  Trash goes to a waste-to-energy incinerator in Hartford; the waste ash gets landfilled.  

Wesleyan promotes the 5 Rs:


Reduce and Reuse

  • Wesleyan's Freecycle program provides a way for the Wesleyan community to reuse unwanted items.
  • The annual Waste Not collection and tag sale prevents move-out waste from ending up in the incinerator and saves students money in the fall.
  • Employees can get sturdy used office furniture from the Freecycle Center at Physical Plant.  Call x3400 to schedule an appointment



  • Composting programs for Usdan, Summerfields, and student residences turn food and yard waste into rich compost.
The Sustainability Office and SAGES Recycling Subcommittee are continually developing new waste reduction programs.  If you have an idea for us, email

Contact Information

Bill Nelligan, SAGES Recycling Subcommittee Chair
(860) 685-2771

If you have issues with recycling pickup, call Customer Service at (860) 685-3400.