- Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away!
- Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!
- Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
- Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam coffee cups every year.
Where can I recycle?
- It’s easy!
- You can find our blue recycling containers next to any hallway trash bin on our Franklin and Suffolk campuses
- All recyclables go in the same bin, so there is no need to sort
- Be sure to properly dispose of trash and non-recyclables in regular trash bins
What can I recycle?
- Labels and caps are ok…leave them on!
- Make sure it is labeled #1 or #2 (see image). Higher numbers can’t currently be recycled and must be deposited in the trash
- No plastic grocery bags
- Leave the tabs on your cans!
- Office paper, packaging material, cardboard, junk mail are all recyclable!
- No need to remove labels, staples or stickers
- Be sure paper products do not have any food waste or grease on them.
- Labels and caps can be left on!
What can’t be recycled?
- Paper with food waste or grease (including pizza boxes)
- Plastics that aren’t stamped with the #1 or #2 recycling symbols
- Light bulbs
- Medical waste
- Plastic bags
- Household and automotive chemicals, including oil.
Why should I recycle?
- Reduces the need for landfills
- Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour and throw away most of them
- Prevents pollution
- Recycled paper production creates 74 percent less air pollution and 35 percent less water pollution than virgin paper production.
- Conserves natural resources
- If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
- Saves energy
- Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes, or a television for 20 minutes.