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Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

it just warms my heart.

Posted by Diana on September 18, 2008

if you didn’t already think he was a gem, maybe this will do the trick…

kudos to our dear professor, dr. jim goldsworthy, for taking extra time to tape small sheets onto a larger 11×17 so that he could put more pages on one AND double side it–to save paper.

and, profuse apologies for a delay in updating….since i’ve been gone:

  • a green student organization called GRASSROOTS has been formed, with 67 members already and rapidly growing! let me know if you’re interested in joining. (website to follow…)

  • plans and preparations are underway for the FALL EARTH FESTIVAL! circle OCTOBER 22 on your calendars, folks. see you at the fair!

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home depot, my hero.

Posted by Diana on July 15, 2008

Just in case you haven’t heard, at the end of june, Home Depot launched a national initiative for recycling CFL bulbs. Here’s an excerpt from their official announcement:

This free service is the first such offering made so widely available by a retailer in the United States and offers customers additional options for making environmentally conscious decisions from purchase to disposal…In any Home Depot store, customers can simply bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, and give them to the store associate behind the returns desk. The bulbs will then be managed responsibly by an environmental management company who will coordinate CFL packaging, transportation, and recycling to maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance.

I heart you, Home Depot, and so does the environment.

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start gathering your out-of-the-ordinary recyclables.

Posted by Diana on June 25, 2008

SATURDAY :: JUNE 28, 2008 :: 8AM TO 2PM

MERCER COUNTY RECYCLING EVENT

john t. dempster fire school
bakers basin/lawrence station road
lawrence township, new jersey
(RAIN OR SHINE)

What to Bring:

Aerosol Cans
Photographic Chemicals
Used Motor Oil
Lighter Fluid
Propane Gas Tanks
Pesticides/Herbicides
Pool Chemicals

Florescent Bulbs

Incandescent/Compact Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Used Electronics

Used Oil Filters
Paint Thinner
Oil Based Paint
Stains/Varnishes
Anti-Freeze
Driveway Sealer
Gasoline
Gas/Oil Mix
Insect Repellants

Car Batteries

Check out the MCIA Recycling site for more specifics on what you can/cannot bring, paying special attention to the used electronics list.

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Recycling Cans

Posted by Mike on May 9, 2008

Recycling Cans

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The Cardboard Box

Posted by Mike on May 1, 2008

The Cardboard Box

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earth day — a classy affair.

Posted by Diana on April 29, 2008

here’s a great big

thank you!!!

to all who helped make

earth day ’08

a smashing success!

  • eight 32-gallon tubs of clothing were collected and sent to a community in need in Haiti
  • four 32-gallon tubs of plastic bottles were collected and sent to be recycled
  • three 32-gallon tubs of plastic grocery bags were collected and sent to be recycled

DUE TO THE REMARKABLY LARGE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS, we ran out of reusable bag giveaways within the first half hour! Unfortunately, we do not have any extra. However, i was able to round up 75 extra water bottles for those of you who signed the IOU sheet. If anyone signed up for a reusable bag and didn’t already get a water bottle, I would be happy to give you a bottle instead when you stop by the library (see below for pick-up times).

The winners of the raffle for those informative and hilarious green books are….[drum roll please]

  • Makeda Hampton
  • Cliff Goldberg
  • Dan Richards
  • Elizabeth Stuck
  • Madison James
  • Robin Lucas
  • Jacob Mercer-Pontier
  • Katie Skovira
  • Chris Casciello
  • Sara Ward

*** TO PICK UP YOUR PRIZES AND WATER BOTTLES, please stop by Talbott Library from 1:30-10 on Wed, 8:30-5 on Thu, 3-10 on Sun, 1:30-10 on Mon, or 8:30-5 Tue-Thu (May 6-8)****

diana and mike

emily and alicia signing poster for “why artists should be green”

ben and nick and their sweet organic t-shirts

jacob and me working the crowds (and the camera)

chris, emily, and vince being very helpful

katie does her part

megan standing amidst the amazing donations

my world-class poster for earth day

all photos from earth day ’08 can be found at
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2024116&l=e7bef&id=69100976

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Interrobang

Posted by Mike on March 26, 2008

Interrobang

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Pizza Boxes

Posted by Mike on March 19, 2008

Paperwaste No. 13

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thoughts on a meeting with the student senate.

Posted by Diana on February 20, 2008

Last night, Diana Kayes [Sustainability Coordinator] and I were given the opportunity to speak with the Student Senate at Westminster. Many strides have been taken to involve the Lawrenceville campus in the green efforts of the University, and it was our hope to drum up some involvement from the students in Princeton.

We were met with mixed responses from the roomful of 30-40 students who seemed to be surprised at this sudden push toward recycling. Here are some highlights from their comments:

  • students often see trash in the recycling bins, so they figure why bother?
  • there are not recycling bins near each trash can, so it’s inconvenient
  • there are no recycling bins outside
  • there is a lack of education concerning recyclingwhat can and cannot go in these bins?
  • students are aware of the rumors that the recycling isn’t actually being recycled, so again, they figure, why bother?
  • most were upset that double-sided printing and copying were not offered
  • students who do make the effort to recycle are discouraged by the lack of involvement by both the university and fellow students

We took note of their concerns and addressed them as best we could. Some solutions included:

  • ordering recycling bins, both for outside and inside, including individual dorm rooms and offices
  • continuing to investigate recycling rumors to assure that materials that do make it into the bins are taken to be recycled
  • informing that a double-sided printer is now in the library and will be configured soon for public use
  • urging students to bring requests for double-sided copying to the foreground
  • asking for volunteers to aid in educating the student body by hanging posters, helping to monitor recycling bins, etc.
  • informing them of Rider’s involvement in Recycle Mania [more to come on that soon, I promise!]

I just want to remind the students that although it can be a very frustrating experience to talk about issues like this, especially when there may not be immediate results, it is a necessary means to an end. If we all work together to be more mindful of our wastefulness and take some responsibility for our actions, we can begin to see some real change on this campus.

[students, please feel free to comment or email. we would like to know your thoughts.]

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Bet you a nickel you didn’t know this….

Posted by Diana on February 5, 2008

Folks, check this out–some things you may or may not know about recycling. Make sure your good ‘n’ green efforts aren’t for nothing.

When recycling paper, take this to heart:

  • You don’t have to remove staples, plastic windows, spirals from notebooks. These get strained out when the paper is turned to pulp
  • Remove tape if you can, because it tends to gum up the machines, but it’s ok if there is some left.
  • No dirty or greasy paper (very important!!). This means no napkins or tissues (even if they are only slightly dirty)
  • Do NOT recycle pizza boxes!!! Even IF the pizza box IS clean, they will still assume it’s dirty and toss it just the same, and possibly the whole container as well!
  • Waxed, composite or laminated paper is generally not allowed, like milk cartons, fast food wraps, drink boxes. Note: Some places accept drink cartons, but I wouldn’t recycle it if it means getting milk all over clean paper and ruining it for recycling. I cannot emphasize enough that if that happens everything will get tossed!
  • Thermal paper cannot be recycled – this means fax paper, but I also think it means supermarket receipts, which are increasingly printed on it are not recyclable also.
  • Flatten cardboard boxes – again, if they are not flattened, they can be rejected.

Who knew?? Fantastic stuff. Of course, it will only matter if we all start paying more attention to what we do with our waste.

recycling

[These tips–and other great ones for glass and plastic–were found on confessions of a closet environmentalist, my new favorite green website.]

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