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A majority of colleges across the country have embraced ways to reduce waste; Purchase is no exception. The College has made great strides and has introduced a variety of programs:


At semester's end, rather than throwing away electronics, supplies, and other miscalleneous items, students can donate their possessions for the next academic school year. The donated supplies are kept in secure pods which are provided for free on a first come, first served basis at the start of the next school year.

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Each year, SUNY campuses provides reports on its waste reduction efforts. Purchase has reduced its waste considerably in the last few years. The College:

*Reduced office waste 14.5% from the 2011-2012 academic school year

*Reused almost 500 tons of construction waste 

*Recycles 270 tons of mixed paper per year 


According to the National Resources Defense Council's 2012 Issue Paper, 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten. The largest component of U.S. municpal solid waste come food waste. In November 2013, the College will implement a composting system to divert cafeteria food waste. The composter can treat up to 460 gallons of food waste per week. Once composted, it will be used in the campus gardens.  

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