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    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! recycling

    L&C pursues each strategy in descending order of preference. We first attempt to reduce as much waste as possible, using double-sided printing and utilizing smart purchasing choices that cut down on how much waste we produce. Then, we seek to reuse as much of the waste we do produce, with, for example, art contests that use waste as media and a project that reuses old tennis balls to give to shelter puppies. The college has a Single Stream Recycling program that simplifies the process of recycling by allowing all recyclable materials to go in one bin.

    Almost everything can be recycled. The four exceptions to that rule are wet waste (paper towels and other bathroom trash), food, Styrofoam and hazardous/biological waste.
    The college offers several programs to recycle specific streams of waste that might not otherwise be recyclable. They include:

    • Battery Recycling - Batteries contain all sorts of heavy metals like mercury and lead. They can be brought to the Sustainability Center where we have a collection bin.
    • Printer Cartridge Recycling - Many people don’t realize that printer ink contains hazardous chemicals, nor do most people realize that the cartridges can actually be reused. We collect them at the Sustainability Center and ship them back to the manufacturers for reuse. Some manufacturers will even pay to take back old printer cartridges!
    • Pens, mechanical pencils and markers - Through Terracycle, L&C has found a recycling vendor for the large volume of pens, mechanical pencils and markers that we use on a daily basis. Each department’s division assistant serves as an initial collection point, but you can send your pens, mechanical pencils (not wood ones!) and markers to the Sustainability Center as well.
    • E-Waste - L&C hosts an e-waste event once per semester for the campus and the local community. Students, staff, faculty and local residents are invited to bring their electronic waste to these regularly scheduled events in an effort to stop some of the hazardous chemicals contained in these electronics from entering the landfill. Remember, as of Jan. 1, 2012, recycling e-waste is the law!

    Composting composting

    Food waste can make up close to 30 percent of any typical waste stream, and most recyclers don’t accept food. That's why L&C takes advantage of composting on campus.

    For several years, Dining Services has been “dehydrating” all the food waste from the back-of-the-house. The next best thing aside from composting, the dehydrator drastically cuts down on the amount of food wasted on campus.

    In April 2014, the college took it a step further, adding “post-consumer” composting to Dining Services’ previous ability to compost food that didn’t make it out of the kitchen, and helping the kitchen become a nearly zero-waste operation.

    All food, and even the compostable dinnerware, is now being hauled off by Always Green Recycling, and taken to St. Louis Composting, where it becomes the black gold you put on your garden every year.