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2 SUSTAINABILITY: Meeting current social and economic needs without compromising environmental resources for future generations. Recycling is a visible part of being sustainable. Participation is recycling is a building block for promoting sustainable development on campus.

3 Do you recycle already? Rules Change: Every place has slightly different rules and restrictions for recycling. As recycling technology evolves, the system for recycling also changes. How many of you recycle at home? I want to clarify current rules for recycling at SLU.

4 Recycling is collected in blue receptacles with blue liners. Waste Management empties the dumpster and delivers the contents to a RockTenn Recycling Center. RockTenn recycles SLU’s paper, metal, plastic and glass. Blue bags of recycling go into a dumpster with a yellow lid. 03/2013 Local Recycling Center Locations

5 What fills the blue bins? What goes in landfill trash? PAPER METAL PLASTIC GLASS FOOD STYROFOAM LIQUIDS

6 For you to keep:

7 If you can tear it, you can recycle it. Cardboard is a type of paper. Even if it’s wet from water or a little soiled, you can recycle it. A little bit of food is ok. Like a greasy pizza box can be recycled! PAPER

8 Look for the stamp. SLU collects all # 1-7 (no styrofoam). Lids can stay on. Don’t have to be rinsed, just empty. PLASTIC Done with that yogurt cup? No need to clean it, just recycle it!

9 Should be almost or completely empty. Lids can stay on. They do not have to be rinsed, just empty. METAL GLASS

10 Recyclables don’t have to be perfect to get recycled. If you’ve used it up, you can toss it in. But, food, liquid and trash should be less than 5%. Too much trash in the recycling contaminates it and forces us to send the whole batch to the landfill.

11 Common reasons to Recycle:  Less harmful to the planet + human health  Protects trees, ecosystems, and animals  Less air, water, and soil pollution  Conserves resources  Keeps valuable, non-renewable resources usable  Creates more jobs than landfilling  Saves money: more cost effective than landfilling Recycling removal costs less.

12 Recycle to save money. Removing trash from campus costs 33% more than removing recycling.* Therefore, throwing recyclables into the trash is like tossing money into a landfill. The more we maximize our recycling potential, the more money we can save and divert from landfills to other money and resource-saving sustainability initiatives on campus. *33% is an approximation Recycling removal costs less. Since SLU has introduced single-stream recycling, waste collection costs have been slashed by 18%, saving tens of thousands of dollars annually.

13 Single-Stream Recycling Landfill Trash 7.9% Diversion Rate 9.5% Diversion Rate 12.1% Diversion Rate 14.3% Diversion Rate Our goal is to reach 30% in 2014!

14 Remember: When it comes to recycling… Collect paper, metal, plastic, and glass together in the same containers Put food, liquids, and styrofoam in the trash. Put recycling into dumpsters with yellow lids. Place a FAMIS work order (K:Recycling) to request pickups for electronics or appliances as these are recycled separately as “e- waste.” Contact us with questions or concerns:


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