Tuesday, April 13, 2021
A Message from Carrie Black, Director, Energy Conservation and Sustainability
In 2015, a study found that from 192 coastal countries about 8 million metric tons of plastic waste ended up in the ocean annually. Put another way by lead author Dr. Jenna Jambeck, “It’s five bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world.”
Fast forward to last year and now a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that by 2040, 29 million metric tons of plastic will end up in the ocean. For perspective, that’s now 18 bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world. Winter skiing vacations just got a lot more attractive.
We’ll talk about widespread plastic recycling next week in The Juice and The Grove. This week, as part of our Earth Month series, let’s talk plastic bags, wraps and plastic writing instruments.
Plastic Bags and Wraps — What’s Recyclable and Where Does it Go?
Plastic bags and plastic wrap shouldn’t go in residential curb-side recycling carts. That’s right — this means that you need to dump your contents into the cart itself and not keep it in the plastic bag used to collect it.
If plastic bags and wraps can’t go in the recycling cart taken to the curb, are they recyclable? Yes, they are recyclable, but only by taking them back to stores or drop-off locations that specifically accept them. This goes for those white and blue plastic Amazon mailing envelopes, too — just remember to remove the paper mailing sticker with your address first.
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Plastic Writing Instrument Recycling
Once we’re back on-campus, when your plastic highlighters, dry erase markers, plastic pens and other plastic writing instruments dry or run out, recycle them in one of our plastic writing instrument containers. And as a bonus, you can recycle used alkaline batteries in the containers too.
These containers are on the side of our recycling and landfill containers throughout the College, except at the Downtown Campus. There’s one container per floor, per building, in high-traffic areas and main entrances. These specific bins also have arrows on top pointing to the bins.