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1 Recycling, Reusing and Waste Reduction P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f | Protecting Our Resources for Future Generations

2 Whats In the Landfill? P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f | Yard Trimmings 17.6% 31.6 MT Metals 8.5% 15.3 MT Glass 7% 12.5 MT Plastics 8% 14.4 MT Other - Rubber, Leather, Textiles, etc 11.6% 20.8 MT Food Scraps 7.4% 13.2 MT Paper 40.4% 71.6 MT MT=Million Tons Image Courtesy of US EPA

3 This Decade In the US We Will Throw Away… 1 million tons of aluminum cans and foil More than 11 million tons of glass bottles and jars Over 4.5 million tons of office paper Nearly 10 million tons of newspaper P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

4 How Long Does That Trash Really Stay There? 700 Years: Plastic Bottle 1 Million Years: A glass bottle FOREVER : Styrofoam P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

5 Recycling-Viewing Trash in a Whole New Light! Reusing waste to save resources P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f | Because Glass Doesnt Grow On Trees! Courtesy of Glassco Recycling

6 Why Recycle? Its Good for the Environment! Recycled glass generates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution Recycling one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours 1 Annually, enough energy is saved by recycling US steel to supply Los Angeles with electricity for almost 10 years 2 P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

7 Why Recycle? Trash Incineration is an Environmental and Social Justice Issue Incinerators release Dioxin, Mercury and other Toxins According to US EPA and the National Academies, Dioxin, even at very low levels, causes cancer, birth defects, and developmental problems Incinerators are often sited in minority or impoverished communities P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

8 Why RRR? Save Money for Your School Each time you reuse paper it is less paper you have to buy You can hold fundraisers for toner and printer cartridges, as well as cell phones P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

9 Recycling Begins With You If everyone in the U.S. recycled just 1/10 of their newsprint, we would save the estimated equivalent of about 25 million trees a year Recycling all of the waste newsprint, cardboard, glass, and metal in one home can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 850 pounds a year P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

10 Recycling Begins With You-How to Do It Correctly Lids + Liquid = Unfit for Recycling When In Doubt, Leave It Out NO pizza boxes, napkins, or anything with permanent food residue P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f | Photos Courtesy of P. Hayes

11 Clustering Recycling Bins Is Critical! Clustering: Placing all disposal bins together in one area P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

12 Signage! A study found that positioning sign prompts over receptacles resulted in a 29% higher rate of recycling P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

13 Odds and Ends Electronics and Computers Local drop-offs for batteries Printer and toner cartridges, and cell phones P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

14 Recycle Those Odds and Ends for Money! Recycle empty printer, fax, and copier cartridges, as well as cell phones. Raise money for a school fundraiser or towards your favorite charity. P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f | Half a gallon of oil is conserved for every laser cartridge returned!

15 Involve Your Students Make artwork out of trash! Recycling activities enable them to learn and have fun Research projects Visit a landfill or recycling center Use food scraps or yard waste as compost for a school garden that the students attend to Town or river clean up to collect recyclables and trash P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

16 Composting Hands-on Science Lessons for Your Students 2/3 of trash is biodegradeable and can be composted Composting is possible with student and staff cooperation P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f | Photo courtesy of Mansfield Middle School, Connecticut

17 What You Will Need To Compost Compost bin that allows aeration, but prevents waterlogged conditions and deters pests P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f | Photo courtesy of Mansfield Middle School, Connecticut

18 What You Will Need To Compost Leaves and Wood Chips to place over each food addition A collection barrel Tools Schoolwide participation from custodians, teachers and students P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f | Photo courtesy of Mansfield Middle School, Connecticut

19 In Summary Recycling saves… Energy Resources Landfill space Money for your school It is an easy, good environmental choice that can enhance your curriculum! P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f | Courtesy of Waste to Wealth

20 Methods of Success for R eduction, R ecycling and R euse At Your School Survey the facilities to identify problems Measure baseline usage; look at bills and purchasing records Have a recycling audit to determine initial rates of recycling Make a To-Do List Start with easier steps that save money for more elaborate programs Measure your success! Compare records before and after. Publicize to educate and gain support P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

21 How To Do A Waste Audit Materials Needed: A Worksheet to record all information Trash and recyclables for a given period Scale Plastic Tarp Gloves and nose pinchers! P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

22 How To Do A Waste Audit TRASH BAGS Sort out the rubbish in the trash bags into categories: trash vs. recyclables. Place recyclables into separate piles based on type - Cans and bottles - Paper - Compostable items: food, leaves Weigh the different piles RECYCLABLES BAGS Weigh the recyclables based on type P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

23 How To Do A Waste Audit Calculate the percentages of total recyclables found in the trash by using the recorded weights. For example: 5 lbs of paper found in the trash 10 lbs of paper recycled Total paper= 15 lbs Percentage of paper thrown away: 33.33% P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

24 An Integral Part of Any School: Paper ! Empowerment Through Reduction and Green Purchasing P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f | Make a big difference through purchasing recycled content paper and using less paper overall Courtesy of PADEP

25 Easy Ways to Cut Back on Paper Use Make a scrap paper bin easily available for use in printer or for students Print and copy double-sided if possible Allow students to print assignments on scrap paper Print single spaced to save room Utilize online capabilities for assignments P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f | Courtesy of Amazing Recycled Products

26 Why Purchase Recycled Content Paper? Ton for ton, replacing virgin kraft pulp with deinked pulp will have the greatest positive environmental impact on forest resources 1 1 tree makes reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets, therefore 1 ream (500 sheets) uses 6% of a tree (and those add up quickly!) 2 Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil 2 P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

27 Recycled Content Paper P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

28 Understanding Terms Pre and Post Consumer Waste Post refers to products or materials generated that have already served a particular function, and were subsequently recovered or otherwise diverted from the solid waste stream to be recycled Pre refers to materials generated within the production cycle of a product that have been recovered from or otherwise diverted from the solid waste stream to be recycled. P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

29 Many Recycled Paper Options P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

30 Performance Guaranteed! The age, capabilities, and operation of papermaking equipment have a greater impact on the properties of the finished product than its recycled or virgin content Based on extensive interviews with paper and equipment manufacturers, it was found that the frequency of copy machine jams is not correlated with the use of recycled content paper. P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

31 Cost Effective! Many times recycled content paper is the same price or cheaper than virgin paper However, if recycled content paper is more expensive through your supplier you have options: Try to find other areas to cut paper costs and use money saved to buy recycled products Work with suppliers to reduce the costs of other factors within the supply system Accept a lower level of recycled content within the paper if need be P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

32 Paper Is A Key Ingredient to Any School-You Can Make A Big Difference! You directly save trees, resources and energy with reducing paper use and buying green Students understand the importance of conserving resources with each and every assignment P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

33 Summary R ecycling, R eusing and waste R eduction are great for the environment, student learning and savings for your school There are many ways to make a difference, including recycling, purchase of recycled content products, and reuse of paper It is not an overwhelming changeREMEMBER SMALL CHANGES SAVE SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES! P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |

34 Questions? P.O. Box 6806 Falls Church, VA | o |f |


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