Recycling: A No Brainer That Can Save the Earth

02.26.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

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As a part of the “Stonehill Goes Green” program, 93.85 tons of materials have been recycled so far this fiscal year, amounting to a savings of 1,595 trees.

Why Recycle?:  Recycling saves  space in our landfills (90% of the items going in a landfill could be recycled) and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And when we recycle, we also have to use fewer resources like water and energy to turn that item into another usable item.

 

What You Can Do:  Recycling everyday items such as cans, plastic & glass bottles is a simple and effective way to contribute to the growing environmental problem; there are recycling containers located at various locations across campus, as well as Paper & Co-mingled Containers (tin food cans from the Dining Commons & non-redeemable plastic bottles) located at the entrance of the Roche Dining Commons. Since 2005,  Stonehill has been collecting batteries, glass, cell phones, computer/electronic equipment, fluorescent tubes (light bulbs), inkjet & laserjet ink cartridges, , waste oil, old college furniture, and mattresses, which can be disposed of at drop-off sites at Duffy (East Elevator Landing), Roche Dining Commons (Front Main Entrance),  the Clock Farm (Main Office Lobby), and Merkert-Tracy Hall (Break Rooms).

Interesting Recycling Facts:

1. Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough electricity to power a TV or a 100-watt light bulb for three hours.

2. Paper alone accounts for approximately 40% of the municipal waste stream.

3. Every ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,100 kilowatts of energy, 380 gallons of oil, and 7,000 gallons of water.

4. Recycling paper reduces air pollution by 74% and water pollution by 35%.

5. Americans use more than 67 million tons of paper per year, or about 580 pounds per person.

6. Making recycled paper instead of new paper uses 64% less energy and uses 58% less water.

7. Every day American businesses generate enough paper to circle the earth 20 times.

8. One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.

9. More than 1/3 of all fiber used to make paper comes from recycled paper.

10. If Stonehill College recycles just one 64 gallon barrel of office paper monthly, you and your co-workers will be saving 17 trees a year.

 

Stonehill has made several changes over the last decade to ensure that our environment is not being over-looked in the hectic life of a college student.  However, it will be difficult to make any significant change without support from the student body, which can be as simple as throwing an empty bottle into the recycling bin instead of the trash. By choosing to recycle, you will be making a bigger impact than you may think.

 

Sources:

http://www.moneycrashers.com/what-to-recycle-list-recyclable-items-materials/#ixzz2M2mh0yUz

http://www.stonehill.edu/x12209.xml

http://www.stonehill.edu/Documents/Facilities%20Management/Recycling_Facts.pdf

http://www.stonehill.edu/x12250.xml

 

Megan Rebeschi

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