Tuesday, April 20, 2021
A Message from Carrie Black, Director, Energy Conservation and Sustainability
You’ve likely heard of the food pyramid, but have you heard of the waste hierarchy pyramid? It is not as tasty, for sure. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” alludes to this hierarchy.
Recycling is not the first step in waste management. Instead, the first step is waste prevention by reducing your consumption, particularly of single-use items, and reusing. Repair comes next in the pyramid, followed by recycle, recover and dispose.
When you absolutely must dispose of an item and you’re faced with the question, is it recyclable or not, check out the recycling guidelines below for when you’re on campus and at home.
And keep in mind the golden rule of recycling: “Empty. Clean. Dry.TM” Make sure that all materials you recycle are free of food or liquids.
Recycling At Valencia College
At Valencia, you may recycle paper, flattened cardboard, metal, plastic bottles and jugs. Here are some examples:
At the College, you may place all of these items in any of the single stream recycling bins placed around our campuses that have a label like the one below.
Additionally, you may recycle empty toner and ink cartridges at Valencia. Package them up, so they don’t leak, and place them in the outgoing courier mailbox. Courier Services will collect them to be recycled.
Recycling at Home
What is acceptable for recycling at home varies by location. Familiarize yourself with the rules for your county or city. Be sure to check about glass- this is one of the most common items whose acceptability varies by location.
Recycling Guidelines by Locations:
- Lake County
- Orange County
- City of Orlando
- Osceola County
- Seminole County
- Winter Park and Winter Park What Goes Where