Shabazz City High School Plastics Recycling Project By: K8, Gekka, Isaiah, Abi, Melanie, Jesse, Ryan, Sam, Doug, Quinn
Results of our Research • History of Madison recycling • Differences between types of plastic • Sense of the communities’ views towards recycling
History of Madison Recycling • 1968 Madison is the first city in the nation to have curb side recycling • 1972 Madison starts recycling metals, wood, and brush • 1980 Madison starts leaf pick up • 1989 Madison expands to include plastics, aluminum, and steel cans • 1989 Madison helped three neighboring communities start their own recycling systems • 1991 Madison creates mandatory curb side pick up for recyclable materials
Plastics 3 and 4 Number 3: shower curtains, some shampoo containers, cooking oil containers, fast food items, PVC pipe Number 4: thin plastic bags (grocery bags), shrink wrap, margarine tub tops
Plastics 5 and 6 Number 5: microwave containers, Tupperware, syrup bottles, diapers, carpeting, and yogurt tubs. Number 6: coffee cups, disposable cutlery, styrofoam (packing peanuts), bottle caps, and plastic cups
Plastics 7 • Number 7 plastics are usually made from combinations of plastics 1-6 • Ketchup bottles, or other squeeze bottles This is the hardest to recycle due to the combinations of materials
What We Want to Change • Reduce the production of landfills • Recycle 3-7 plastic • Raise awareness in Madison of the current recycling system
Why We Should Recycle 1-7 • Environmentally sound community • Save landfill space • Improve the city’s recycling program • Expand the economic foundation for the city
Helping the Cause • Used other cities as examples • Found a web site that lists companies that will buy recycled plastics • Discovered how much waste is generated with 3-7 plastics • Surveyed local people
Other Communities • Fitchburg,Wi • They charge $3.25 a month to recycle everything that Madison recycles, plus 1-7 plastic, and multicolor paper • Grayslake, Il • Charges about $5.00 a month to recycle everything Madison recycles, plus 1-5 plastic, and multicolor paper • Deforest, Wi • Green Valley, charges $5,332 dollars per month to the city to recycle everything that Madison recycles, plus 1-7 plastic, and multicolor paper • Number of monthly stops for recycling pick up is 2,538; price being about $2.10 per stop
Sell, Sell, Sell: Buyers of Plastic! http://markets.plasticresource.com/ • This internet site is helpful; it is a search engine to locate buyers and sellers of recycled plastic in any area. • Local Buyers of Recycled Plastic • Gar plastics Inc • Purchases plastic 3, 4, 5, and 7 • Arendt Brokerage • Purchases plastic 3 • Madison Roto Mold Services • Purchases plastic 4, 5, 6, and 7 • Brown Sales Corp • Purchases plastic 6
Waste With 3-7 Plastic • The Madison Plastic Recycling Guidelines say plastics 3-7 “account for less than 1% of house hold waste” due to the fact that they do not recycle • The chart below provides multiple figures under 1% as to how many tons of recyclable waste Madison generates • 2002 the streets division reported 51,455 tons of trash went to the landfill. This chart shows what less than 1% is in tons
So What is a Ton of Garbage? • Using our figures of less then 1% for plastics 3-7, the chart below shows how much landfill space is used by this recyclable waste. • Waste Management says 1 ton is about 6 cubic yards
Where and Who We Surveyed • Campus Area and State Street were our main targets • Majority of people surveyed were college students or lived in the campus area • The next large demographic was business people from the area, and teachers from Shabazz and Sherman Middle School • We surveyed a total of about 185 people
Results of our Survey • Many people recycle for environmental reasons • A large proportion of people are willing to pay extra money to recycle 3-7 plastics • A large percent of the Madison population does not know how to recycle plastic
Why the Community Should Recycle • We asked the question, do you think that we as a community should recycle for environmental, economical, or other purposes?
Pay to Recycle? 101 People out of 169 people who answered the question said that they would pay $5 a month to recycle 3-6 plastics!!
Do you Sort Your Plastic? When we asked this question we were shocked to find out how many people didn’t sort out their plastics!! 16 58 109 109
In Conclusion….. • We realize that this is a big task • However… • Landfill space is not limited • There are buyers out there • Significant support in the communities around Madison • Considerable support in the Madison community
Thank You….. Thank you for your time, and have a great evening!