ReTHINK your waste
“Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Collecting used bottles, cans, and newspapers and taking them to the curb or to a collection facility is just the first in a series of steps that generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns. Some of these benefits accrue locally as well as globally.” (US Environmental Protection Agency)
Tips for reducing your waste on campus:
- Use the appropriate recycling bins
- Think before you photocopy and print documents. Do you really need it?
- When printing, make margins narrow, decrease font size, and print or copy on both sides by printing odd pages first then all even pages.
- Take or prepare only as much food as you plan to eat at the moment or later.
- Use your CUPPS mug at Johnny’s and the Fish House (and get discounted drinks!)
- Carry a Nalgene or reuse your current water bottle.
- Bring your own reusable container for leftovers when you go out to eat.
- Avoid using paper plates and napkins and plastic silverware.
- Use cloth grocery bags and keep some in your car. Pick one up at the Campus Store for only 50¢ or at Meijer for $1.
- Go to freecycle.com to find out where to donate used items locally.