Recycling at PDCCC

Recycling facts

  • 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?

Recycling Bin

  • 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?

  • Plastic
    • 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
    • Plastic Recycling
  • Aluminum
    • Leave the tabs on your cans!
  • Paper
    • 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.
  • Glass
    • 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
  • Styrofoam
  • Light bulbs
  • Clothing
  • Medical waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Electronics
  • 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.