Project Database: Boston Properties



Boston Properties; 800 Boylston Street

In an effort to both encourage recycling and raise awareness for the variety of items that can be recycled in a single stream program, Boston Properties removed waste bins from all offices and workstations in their regional office on the 18th floor of the Prudential Tower. Recycling bins remained in all spaces, and large waste baskets were placed in all conference rooms and communal gathering areas. To promote the program, we produced a short video on single stream recycling which was also used to roll out single stream recycling within our buildings, highlighting the variety of items that can be placed in the deskside bins.

Social Impact

We noticed a significant increase in awareness of recyclable items and a greater percentage of items being placed in recycle bins versus into the regular waste stream. The effort to remove the waste bins was coupled with a shift to china and silverware from paper cups and plastic utensils, pushing the overall office environment into greener territory. The program really illustrated that there are very few things that are normally thrown in the trash that cannot be recycled.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • A Better City
  • Boston Properties; 101 Huntington Ave., 111 Huntington Ave.
  • CBRE; 1 Beacon St.
  • Gillette
  • Holliday Fenoglio Fowle,r LLP
  • MCCA; Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hynes Convention Center
  • Meister Consulting
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Peabody Office Furniture
  • Seaport Hotel
  • Turner Construction