Green Guide: Waste Reduction

Energy Conservation | Water Conservation | Food Consumption
Transportation | Waste Reduction

Reduce, the most important of the 3 R’s!

  • Remove yourself from junk mail lists – see
  • Print and copy double-sided, or read online (edit with Adobe Pro, only $60 from OIT vs. the standard $450).
  • Bring your own bag when shopping
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Buy goods with minimal packaging and/or in bulk
  • Filter your tap water instead of buying bottled water

Reuse!   Use your creativity!

  • Bring reusable mugs when getting drinks to go
  • When moving out at the end of the academic year, sell your furniture on Point TigerTrade or donate it to the graduate student charity furniture drive
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • If you do take a plastic bag, re-use it to hold as a trash can liner, be creative!

Recycle!   Why recycle?

  • Producing a product from recycled aluminum requires 95% less energy than producing it from raw materials.  Similarly, producing steel from recycled materials saves 60%, recycling newspaper saves 40%, recycling plastics 70%, and recycling glass 40%.
  • A national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing nearly 25 million cars from the road.
  • Recycling one ton of steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.
  • Wars over natural resources, including timber and minerals, have killed or displaced more than 20 million. Recycling eases the demand for the resources.
  • An average of 40 mine workers are killed on the job each day, making mining the world’s most deadly occupation. Recycling reduces the need for mining.


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