Environmental Health and Safety

Purchase College Waste Management Tips

Helpful Hints for Home, School & Work

Acceptable Contents of Recycling Containers

  • Paper Receptacles

    • Office Paper--All Colors
    • Fax / Xerox / Computer Paper
    • Newspapers / Construction Paper
    • Notebooks / Soft Covered Books
    • Paperbacks / Phone Books
    • Magazines / Catalogs / Junk Mail
    • White & Manila Envelopes
    • Corrugated / Kraft Paper
    • Chipboard / Boxboard
    • Brown Grocery Bags
    • Non-Contaminated Paper Plates / Cups (NO WAXED ITEMS!!

  • Food & Beverage Container Receptacles

    • Glass Bottles--Clear, Green, Brown
    • Aluminum Cans
    • Tin & Bi-Metallic Cans
    • Plastic #1 & 2
    • Juice Boxes / Milk Cartons
    • Frozen Food Containers

Don't Use It In The First Place (Reduce)

The best way to stick to the plan is not to generate the waste in the first place.  Here are some alternatives to disposable items.

Instead of... Try This...
Paper lunch bags A reusable, washable canvas bag or lunchbox
Baggies, plastic wrap, aluminum foil A reusable container
A regular pencil A mechanical pencil
Paper / plastic cups Bring a washable mug
Paper memos / reports Use e-mail
Single-sided copies Make all possible copies double sided
Using virgin paper in fax machines Reuse the blank side of bad copies. If needed you can make a clean copy later
Buying new scratch pads Reuse the other side of excess documents
Multiples of the same subscription Share one copy am one office personnel
Electronic Energy Pigs Energy Star rated office equipment use less power, conserving resources, lowering bills

Use It As Much As Possible (Reuse)

Most things are like cats--they have multiple lives. It's up to us to let them live out those lives!

  • Reuse old product binders for other papers
  • Computer disks and file folders can be used over and over.
  • Empty tissue boxes can hold pens, pencils, etc.


  • Using fax notes instead of separate cover sheets could save four million miles of fax paper
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours
  • Making aluminum cans out of raw materials takes 19 times the amount of energy than it takes to recycle a can
  • Every 1,050 recycled milk jugs can make one six foot plastic park bench
  • Glass never wears out. It can be recycled forever.
  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil and 3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • Recycling one ton on newspapers saves 15 trees

Do It Again (Recycle)

Once a product has exhausted its lives, make it part of the great cycle--send it back to start over again as something new!

Here at the College there are a multitude of bins to accept all your recyclables generated on campus. Because of Health Department regulations, WE CAN NOT ACCEPT MATERIALS GENERATED OFF SITE.

Reducing in the Home

  • Instead of always taking new bags at the grocery store, bring the old ones back. Many stores give you credit for re-using bags or bringing your own canvas bags.
  • Shopping in bulk is good. Just be sure to buy only what you can use before the expiration date.
  • Bulk shopping only works if it reduces the packaging. It doesn't help if the bulk pack consists of a lot of little packs. Look for minimal packaging.
  • Instead of tissues, use cloth hankies
  • Instead of baby wipes and disposable diapers at home, use washcloths and cloth diapers.
  • Flow reducers on faucets and shower heads save as much as 3 gallons of water per minute. The old "bottle in the toilet" trick saves water there too.
  • Your local cooperative Ectension office officers advice on "resource efficient" landscaping for you home.
  • Compact Fluorescent lamps can fit in almost any fixture, including many dimmable ones. They last about ten times as long as their incadescent cousins. They give excellent light in many color ranges at lower wattages and heat loads more incandescent. They save money and electricity.

Reusing in the Home

  • Plastic milk jugs make great bird feeders
  • Broken clothes pins become magnets
  • Spring clip on hangers make great paper clips for large bundles
  • Paper towel tubes are a pet rodent's and small animal's delight
  • That old rug will work great in the garage to keep oil off the floor, make a soft spot for Spot, and keep kitty litter where it belongs
  • Baggie ties are great emergency shoelaces
  • Baggies are great for taking tissues with you and a lot cheaper than buying purse packs
  • Coffee cans can be used to bake bread, store small toys, decorated and used for small garden tools, sewing accessories, etc. Just be sure to smooth the cut edges

Recycling in the Home

Recycling at home makes cents. Most municipalities now collect just about everthing for recycling. This includes all your paper, glass, cans, and plastics #1 & 2. If you and your neighbors can reduce your trash enough, you and your neighbors could combine trash pick ups. Instead of everyone having their own bill, you could all share the expense of one pick-up and save money.

There are many ways to compost at home and most foods can be composted. The exeptions would be fats, meats, and milk. All you need to get started is your yard waste and last night's dinner scraps! Contact your local Cooperative Extension Office for more information.

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The Office of Facilites Management & Mother Nature