Whether you’re starting your first year in Boston or your fourth (or even your fifth--no judgement here!), you've probably already figured out that this city is a great place to be a student. With over 100 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston Area, there’s no shortage of people to meet, things to do, and places to see. In addition to being a student-friendly city, Boston is a great city to grow your green roots. Greenovate Boston is a movement driven by the community and students like you to help Bostonians take simple steps to make this city a better, greener place to live and work. We’re here to help you have your best, greenest semester, so here’s our top tips on ways to be green while living in Boston:

1. Learn the cycle to recycle

In Boston recycling is picked up alongside trash—learn what days recycling is picked up and what you can recycle. Your landlord is required to provide you with recycling bins, so if you don’t see them, call the Mayor’s hotline: 617-635-4500.

Looking to do more? Try keeping your food waste out of the trash by putting your garbage disposal to work, or trying at home composting.


2. Don’t just toss it to the curb

Don’t leave unwanted belongings on the side of the road, and don’t take anything off the street into your apartment. The City of Boston will collect your unwanted bulk items for free, but you must schedule a pick up. Or, you can participate in our Community Yard Sale on September 13 and 14. But shop with caution; used furniture can contain bed bugs—or lead to a situation like this.


3. Donate it

From cell phones to laptops, electronics are a big part of our lives. But electronic waste contains dangerous toxins. Instead of throwing it out, print off a free shipping label and send them in! Proceeds from your old and unused electronics will be donated to charity.


4. Taste the Tap

Boston has the most delicious tap water in the country. Why not enjoy a cold glass fresh from the tap during move-in?


5. Burn calories, not oil

Avoid rush hour traffic while burning calories! Boston is a great city for walking and biking, and there’s no better way to quickly learn your way around!


Most importantly, have a safe and fun school year. For more move-in tips, check out the city’s student guide or #Boston101 on Twitter. And stay in touch with us by following us on Facebook and Twitter, or signing up for our newsletter.

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