Issue #11– October 10, 2008
Jump on the â€œGREENâ€ Bandwagon!
by: Tess Kittelberger
• Americans discard 4 million tons of paper per year. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 4100kw of electricity, 60 pounds of air pollution, and 2.5 cubic yards of landfill space.
• On average, each American uses 120 pounds of newsprint a year. If every newspaper were recycled, 250 million trees would be saved.
• Every three months Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild every plane in our commercial air fleet. Using recycled aluminum instead of raw materials reduces air pollution by 95%, water pollution by 97%, and energy use by 95%.
• Each year, the US produces plastic that is equivalent to 10 pounds for every person on Earth. Plastic is NOT biodegradable and will remain in landfills indefinitely.
What is RIT Doing?
RIT currently recycles approximately 2,000 tons of waste each year. In 2007, 38.5% of all waste produced on campus was recycled.
The Recycling Department has set a goal of recycling over 50% of the waste that leaves the campus. When met, this goal will place RIT's recycling program among the top schools nationwide. In order to meet the goal, the Recycling Department at RIT is working continuously to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling and to make recycling more convenient for everyone.
• Recycling bins have been purchased and distributed to all apartments on campus this Fall
(Apartment residents – be sure to take advantage of your recycling bin and empty them at the numerous recycling receptacles throughout the apartment complexes)
• Removal of plastic trays at Gracies - Janet Oliveri, Manager of Grace Watson dining, says eliminating the plastic trays reduces the “carbon footprint.” Essentially, the less waste you put in water, the less contamination. It is an environmental measure that saves RIT money and saves on water consumption.• Dining Services will be offering biodegradable and compostable plates, bowls, takeout containers, and cups in the Ritz
• A farming vendor has been contracted to pick up pre-consumer vegetable scraps twice weekly to return to their farm for composting
• Increased accessibility of recycling bins at RIT events and on campus in general
Inkjet Recycling: RIT has partnered up with Imagine It... to recycle all ink and toner cartridges from printers, copiers, and fax machines. Bins have been placed thoughout campus and collections take place when scheduled every Thursday. If the bin in your department is full please, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call RIT Recycling at 585-475-7827 and they will schedule the pickup for you. This program helps support a local high school's Recycling Program as well as RIT Recycling, while diverting hazardous materials from our landfills. With your participation you can help ensure the growth and commitment of recycling here at RIT.
(Reprinted from the Sustainability@RIT website - http://www.rit.edu/fa/ritgreen/recycling.html)
In addition to recycling efforts on campus, there is also an off campus Computer & Electronics Recycling Event taking place in Monroe County throughout October at the following places:
Chili – Old Chili Town Hall – 3235 Chili Ave. – 10/11/08 -9am-1pm
Greece & surrounding communities – Dept. of Public Works – 647 Long Pond Rd. – 10/18/08 – 9am-2pm
Canandaigua – DPW Hurley Bldg – 205 Saltonstall St.-10/18/08 – 9am-1pm
Pittsford – Pittsford Highway Dept. – 60 Golf Ave. – 10/25/08 – 9am-1pm
Webster & surrounding area – Webster Community Ctr. – 985 Ebner Rd. – 10/25/08 – 9am-1pm
Items that can be recycled at the event are: computers, laptops, modems, servers, peripherals, GPS units, cell phones, fax machines, copiers, CD players, IT equipment, audio/visual equipment, and telecommunications equipment. **A $5 fee is applicable for any TVs dropped off for recycling. No refrigerators, microwaves, or other household appliances.
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