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Waste prevention & Recycling

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Campus Sustainability

on 9 February 2012

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Waste prevention
Reduce and& Reuse
Recycle Right
Printing and copying on both sides=duplexing.
OIT can help you adjust your default settings individually or as an office: x5-HELP
Purchasing products made from recycled materials reduces waste and increases the value of recycled commodites.
The recyclability of a material usually depends on whether or not there is a valuable end market for that material.
Look for paper with 50-100% PCW as well as other office supplies.
Per OR State Policy 107-011-140 "State government purchases items with the highest level of sustainable attributes possible."
Bring a reusable mug and water bottle to work or class
Plastic water bottles, while recyclable, are often not recycled, or are downcycled (not used to make new bottles).
It can take up to 3 litres of water to produce a one liter bottle of water.
17 million barrels of crude oil used to make bottled water annually in the US. That’s enough oil to keep a million cars going for twelve months.
Imagine a water bottle filled 1/4 with oil.
Portland has some of the best tap water in the country.
1. Duplex print/copy
3. Reusable beverage containers
4. Reuse Room
1. Understanding comingled
2. Don't use these numbers as a guide
3. Frozen food boxes
Disposable coffee cups end up in the landfill and are not recyclable.
The U.S. consumes 16 billion cups annually, contributing 122 million kg of solid waste each year.
Even if they were recyclable, the energy use and carbon emissions associated with producing all those cups is staggering.
An average takeaway coffee cup, including the cup and lid, consumes 50L of water in its complete production.
Pacific garbage patch
Check the Reuse Room first for office supplies
Cramer 180, M-F 10-4
Used office supplies available for Free!!
Donate reusable items
Run by the Campus Sustainability Office
greencampus@pdx.edu or x5-8951
Comingled Recycling
All businesses (this includes PSU) and residences in the Portland Metro Area have comingled recycling collection
Plastics, paper, and metal are collected together and separated later in a materials recovery facility (MRF)
MRFs use fans, magnets and manual sorting to separate materials
The three arrows symbol is not an indication that an item can be recycled.
The plastics industry uses the recycling symbol as an “in house” coding system to identify resin types.
follow the guidelines for your community, not the labeling on the product.
for a material to be recyclable, there has to be a demand for it on the market, and that’s what determines what can and cannot be accepted.

Frozen food containers are made of wet strength material: interwoven plastic and paper fibers that protects the contents against freezer burn.
Paperboard is recycled by mixing it with water in a giant blender to create a pulp.
Wet strength material won’t pulp up, and instead it becomes a contaminant that needs to be fished out and thrown away.
** Amy's foods are an exception--their boxes are recyclable**
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.
The following presentation will explain how YOU can play a role in making PSU a strong competitor this year!
Thanks for your help, and let's win!
What you can do
Rethink recaffeination!

*Purchasing less and reusing are the best way to reduce waste.* But when you do make purchases...
More specifically...
Buy items with recycled content.
We also have several "hydration stations" across campus where you can refill your water bottle.
A lot of plastic that isn't recycled or disposed of properly ends up here. The Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to be the size of Texas.
Comingled recycling means all accepted paper, plastic, and metal go together in the bin. Glass is collected separately. See http://www.pdx.edu/sustainability/what-can-be-recycled for what is acccepted.
Avoid printing by sharing documents electronically.
Narrowing document margins allows for more information per page, and saves paper when printing.
2. Avoid printing and adjust margins when possible
Recyclemania runs February 6th through April 2nd
PSU is competing against 630 colleges and universities
Thank you for your participation!
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