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Single-Stream Supports Sustainability

Intro and explanation of recycling on the campuses of Saint Louis University

Kelley Krejnik

on 25 April 2013

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Transcript of Single-Stream Supports Sustainability

All recyclables go together in the same receptacle or bin. SLU Recycles! What is Single-Stream (Mixed) recycling? Metal Glass Plastic Paper + What? Paper
Old corrugated cardboard
Cereal boxes
Telephone books
Printer paper
Copier paper
All other office paper without wax liners
Aluminum cans
Caps and lids
Aerosol cans
Foil and aluminum bake ware
Tin and steel cans
Symbols #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7
Clear glass (rinsed mayonnaise containers, pasta sauces, pickle jars, etc.)
Brown and green glass bottles or jars All of these can be recycled together! What can I recycle? Where? Why? How? Facilities Services in collaboration with Waste Management, Inc. Who manages recycling at SLU? All students, staff, faculty, and guests. Who can recycle at SLU? Who do I contact with questions? Who? When Whenever you get the chance! Consider these key times when you're likely to generate more recycling:
Moving and traveling
Cooking and Eating
Studying and Writing
Consider setting aside a receptacle just for recycling and be mindful at these times of the recyclable waste you generate! Annual Events: October: Campus Sustainability Week November: National Recycling Week February-March: Recyclemania The basics of single- stream recycling at Saint Louis University. When should I recycle? There is no need for you to sort or separate. Protect resources. Print a poster or put it on the desktop of your computer as a handy reminder of what you can recycle. Check out this video to learn more. Where do I put my recycling? Recycling receptacles on SLU, whether they're in an office, hallway, or by a sidewalk are blue.
Recycling dumpsters have yellow lids.
Wow! You know what happens when you mix blue and yellow?
You get GREEN! Yeah, that's kinda silly, but you'll remember that now :) Check out STARS online: SLU's Goal: STARS wants to help us with our
"waste diversion" which simply means changing the course of our waste. Our goal this year is to send at least 30% of our waste to recycling plants instead of landfills. Why bother to recycle? Need some more convincing that it's worth it? Check out this EPA site that shows you what we gain from what we recycle. Does recycling have to be clean? You don't have to do a separate rinse, but food and liquid contaminates recycling, so make sure your containers are as empty and dry as is reasonable before recycling them. Be a Green Billiken! How can I help more? In your dorm or office, put a recycling bin next to your trash can.
This will remind you to keep your recyclable waste out of a landfill. How important is it that I keep landfill trash out of the recycling receptacles? It's very important! Liquids, foods, Styrofoam and plastic bags can contaminate the recycling and result in all of the recycling collected in that receptacle to be sent to a landfill instead. SLU is participating in STARS, a rating system to help us become a more sustainable campus.
We are currently a Bronze university working towards a Silver. How do I know that the recycling is getting collected appropriately? SLU's custodial staff use a liner system to assure that recyclables get to Waste Management's recycling centers. blue bags = recycling
white bags = landfill Your custodians and Facilities staff are happy to help answer any of your questions about recycling. What happens to what we throw away? All together, now! Recycling Landfill "If you've used it up you can toss it in." Recycling cuts waste collection costs at SLU by 18% which means tens of thousands of dollars in annual savings. Save money. Be sustainable. Recycling Landfill
Post a "Single Stream" sign above or on your recycle bin that shows you what is recyclable. Use positive peer pressure. When at work or play, encourage and remind each other to recycle. Before you know it, you'll recycle out of habit! Participate in our upcoming recycling events. How do I request a recycling bin for my classroom or office? Request one from your area custodian or submit a FAMIS service request online at . Recycling Landfill
Trash Instead of sending all of what we throw away to a landfill where it can pollute the soil, air, and water, we find other routes for it. Hence, recycling. Additional events can be found online at the Center for Sustainability's calendar. Recycling = >95% Contaminants = <5% Trash/Food/Liquid/Styrofoam "Trash"
Styrofoam Paper
Glass Frequently-Asked-About Items: August: Move-in May: Move-out How do I sign-up my group to receive this presentation? Visit => "Single-Stream."
Select "Presentation" to fill out a request form. Visit for
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Recycling Locations
Other Types of Recycling (such as e-waste) ..."fosters programs that link University resources to local, national and international communities in collaborative efforts to alleviate ignorance, poverty, injustice and hunger; extend compassionate care to the ill and needy; and maintain and improve the quality of life for all persons." ..."wisely allocates its resources to maintain efficiency and effectiveness in attaining its mission and goals." "The Mission of Saint Louis University is the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity...." Sustainability supports the Mission of Saint Louis University. In support of it's mission, SLU... People - Planet - Profit
Social - Environmental - Economic For your floor/hall: Adopt-A-Spot: Adopt a spot on campus and promote recycling there. Can-Can Film Fest: Movies, documentaries, and discussions related to recycling and sustainability. VOLUNTEERING BONDING/LEARNING Promote and Participate: Be a model for your residents and recycle! Design a bulletin board, add it to your calendar, inform residents at your next hall meeting, etc. $ Money $$ Tossing recycling into the trash is like throwing away money. It costs more to have trash removed from campus. Planet / Environment Profit / Economy People / Society Recycling is estimated to create nearly five times as many jobs as landfilling.
One study reported that 103,000 jobs, or 2.7 percent of all manufacturing jobs in the Northeast region of the United States, are attributed to recycling. Waste can harm humans, animals, and plants if they encounter these toxins buried in the ground, in stream runoff, in groundwater that supplies drinking water, or in floodwater.
Some toxins, such as mercury, persist in the environment and accumulate.
Humans or animals often absorb them (including plastic!) when they eat fish. Plastics are made from oil.
The more we recycle, the less we use this precious resource.
Also, less CO pollutes the atmosphere when we recycle. 2 Recycling is a visible motivator and easy method for incorporating involvement in sustainable development. Participation builds community. Recycling is a visible part of being sustainable. Removing trash from campus costs 40% 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. Waste Expenses Participation in recycling is a building block for promoting sustainable development on campus. Look to contribute to our annual E-Waste Drive. Meeting current social and economic needs without compromising environmental resources for future generations. SUSTAINABILITY: April: Earth Day, April 22 Any kind of trash can get into the ocean—from glass bottles to aluminum cans to medical waste. The vast majority of marine debris, however, is plastic. Scientists have collected up to 750,000 bits of plastic in a single square kilometer (or 1.9 million bits per square mile) of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets

1 ream (500 sheets) uses 6% of a tree (and those add up quickly!)
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