Today, November 15th, is America Recycles Day. In the past few years, the recycling program at University has declined. Gum, food, and other unacceptable waste materials are often thrown into recycling bins, while paper and bottles are often thrown into trashcans. During lunch alone, University produces approximately 27 pounds of waste per week. This is composed up of 34% paper/cardboard, 46% plastic, 11% food waste, 8% metal waste, and 1% composed of multiple layers.
Similarly, University goes through an abundance of paper each year. Last year, University purchased 900 packets of paper, which added up to $3,667.50 in total. If students and faculty are able to cut down on the amount of paper they use by 1/3, University can save approximately $1,222.50. The students in Mrs. Summitt Mann’s Ecology class are currently working on revamping University’s existing recycling program into one that is completely student led.
Why should I recycle?
– Reduces waste
– Saves energy – manufacturers are able to use less energy by producing from recycled materials as opposed to raw materials, which also helps keep costs down.
– Protects wildlife – using recycled materials reduces the need to take resources from habitats such as forests, wetlands, and rivers.
– Prevents water/air pollution
What materials belong in recycling bins?
– Paper (especially excess copies or unused paper from printers)
– Cardboard (must be clean, dry, unsoiled cardboard)
– Cans (aluminum/steel)
– Cartons (Milk cartons, juice boxes)
– Any plastics marked with a triangle 1 – 7 (bottles, plastic food containers)
What materials do not belong in recycling bins?
– Plastic bags
– Food-spoiled cardboard
– Wax paper
How can University save paper?
– Print front and back
– Get teacher permission to submit essays or homework electronically
– Scan homework/in class assignments onto edline so as to reduce the number of copies teachers have to print out for students
With these small changes and more conscious efforts to recycle, University’s recycling program can improve greatly. We ask you to be more mindful of placing waste in the correct bin, and to limit excess paper usage.