Recycling is but one aspect of a strategy for sustainable living, protecting our natural assets so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy a healthy environment. Reducing our use of resources is equally important.
Americans generate 243 million tons of solid waste in 2009. The following chart shows the types of waste produced.
The following are suggestions for ways to reduce and reuse resources.
Things you can do on campus:
- Buy only what you need
- Purchase products with less packaging or that are packaged in recyclable or reusable containers
- Donate unwanted dorm room items to the Trash to Treasure sale in December and May
- Buy a permanent water bottle and refill it at the tap
- Buy a refillable mug for that cup of coffee or tea
- Use cloth napkins, handkerchiefs and rags rather than paper napkins, tissues and towels
- Take only one or two napkins in the dining halls per meal. Reducing the use, means reducing the waste.
- Avoid buying disposable products such as plastic cups, flatware, paper plates, towels and napkins
- Reuse zip-lock bags, aluminum foil, and jars
- Reuse bags from the bookstore or grocery store or use canvas tote bags for your shopping
- Print on both sides of the paper
- Buy recycled-content paper and request it when using campus photocopy centers
- Buy greeting cards printed on recycled paper
- Encourage your department to buy recycled copy paper and stationary. It is available from General Stores
- If you have unneeded books, sell them through the campus bookstores or donate them to the AAUW book-sale held each spring
- Buy locally grown produce, which reduces transportation costs. The Farmer's Market on Locust Lane begins in early June and runs until November. If you are adventuresome, grow your own produce. Information on garden plots is available through the Graduate Student Association
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- Stop your junk mail by writing to Mail Preference Service asking them to stop selling you name to direct mail companies:
Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 9008, Farming Dale, NY 11735-9008
- When depositing a bag into the dumpster, please be sure the bag is tied
- Put the waste material inside the dumpster, not on top
- If the dumpster is full, please place the bagged material to the rear of the dumpster. This enables the dumpster truck to tip the dumpster without moving the additional material
- Please close the dumpster doors to prevent the waste from falling out of the dumpster when being tipped and it also keeps the rain out
- Please keep the area around the dumpster tidy
- If you drop something, please pick it up
- Keep the lengths of objects to four feet or less
- Do no t throw metal or wooden pallets into the dumpster. These materials may be reused or recycled
- If you need more information, please call Al Matyasovsky at 863-4719