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SUSTAINABILITY:. Meeting current social and economic needs without compromising environmental resources for future generations. Recycling is a visible part of being sustainable. Participation is recycling is a building block for promoting sustainable development on campus.

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SUSTAINABILITY:

  • Meeting current social and economic needs without compromising environmental resources for future generations.

  • Recycling is a visible part of being sustainable.

Participation is recycling is a building block for promoting sustainable development on campus.


Do you recycle already?

How many of you recycle at home?

Rules Change:

  • Every place has slightly different rules and restrictions for recycling.

  • As recycling technology evolves, the system for recycling also changes.

I want to clarify current rules for recycling at SLU.


Steps in the Single-Stream Recycling Process

1

Recycling is collected in blue receptacles with blue liners.

2

Blue bags of recycling go into a dumpster with a yellow lid.

3

Waste Management empties the dumpster and delivers the contents to a RockTenn Recycling Center.

Local Recycling Center Locations

4

RockTenn recycles SLU’s paper, metal, plastic and glass.

03/2013


What fills the blue bins?

What goes in landfill trash?

PAPER

FOOD

METAL

LIQUIDS

PLASTIC

STYROFOAM

GLASS



PAPER

  • If you can tear it, you can recycle it.

  • Cardboard is a type of paper.

  • Even if it’s wet from water or a little soiled, you can recycle it.

A little bit of food is ok. Like a greasy pizza box can be recycled!


PLASTIC

  • Look for the stamp.

  • SLU collects all # 1-7 (no styrofoam).

  • Lids can stay on.

  • Don’t have to be rinsed, just empty.

Done with that yogurt cup? No need to clean it, just recycle it!


METAL

GLASS

  • Should be almost or completely empty.

  • Lids can stay on.

  • They do not have to be rinsed, just empty.


Recyclables don t have to be perfect to get recycled
Recyclables don’t have to be perfect to get recycled.

  • If you’ve used it up, you can toss it in.

  • But, food, liquid and trash should be less than 5%.

  • Too much trash in the recycling contaminates it and forces us to send the whole batch to the landfill.


Common reasons to Recycle:

  • Less harmful to the planet + human health

    • Protects trees, ecosystems, and animals

    • Less air, water, and soil pollution

  • Conserves resources

    • Keeps valuable, non-renewable resources usable

  • Creates more jobs than landfilling

  • Saves money: more cost effective than landfilling

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Recycling removal costs less.


Recycle to save money.

  • Removing trash from campus costs 33% more than removing recycling.*

  • Therefore, throwing recyclables into the trash is like tossing money into a landfill.

  • The more we maximize our recycling potential, the more money we can save and divert from landfills to other money and resource-saving sustainability initiatives on campus.

Since SLU has introduced single-stream recycling, waste collection costs have been slashed by 18%, saving tens of thousands of dollars annually.

$$$

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Recycling removal costs less.

*33% is an approximation


Our goal is to reach 30% in 2014!

7.9% Diversion Rate

9.5% Diversion Rate

12.1% Diversion Rate

14.3%

Diversion

Rate


Remember
Remember:

When it comes to recycling…

  • Collect paper, metal, plastic, and glass together in the same containers

  • Put food, liquids, and styrofoam in the trash.

  • Put recycling into dumpsters with yellow lids.

  • Place a FAMIS work order (K:Recycling) to request pickups for electronics or appliances as these are recycled separately as “e-waste.”

  • Contact us with questions or concerns: [email protected]


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