CSI Sustainability Committee

Campus Recycling

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CSI has expanded our recycling to Dual Stream: place both cans and bottles can be recycled in the Beverage containers while a variety of paper products can be recycled in the Mixed Paper containers.


Over time the College has recycled all manner of materials including markers, pens, cardboard, batteries, plastic bags, tin cans, plastic bottles, yogurt containers, drink can tops and, of course, paper. In 2019 our ability to recycle all these materials in the community changed so that we now recycle tin, aluminum, cardboard, plastic bottles and batteries.

A Brief History: Ongoing Recycling on Campus

The Sustainability Council announces that it collected and will recycle 19.96 pounds (9.64 kg) of AAA batteries and 53.94 pounds (25.92 kg) of AA batteries from campus participants.  This corresponds to 792 AAA and 992 AA batteries.  If you would like to participate in reducing the number of batteries going to the landfill, put them in an envelope, label it “Shields- Batteries,” and send them intercampus mail.  You can do the same with your dead pens (except don’t label it “batteries”). 

Year 2010: The Maintenance Department and the Sustainability Council announced approximately 18,070 lbs (based on 30lbs per cubic yard, the most conservative equivalent) of cardboard were recycled from the CSI campus in 2010.  Western Waste Service estimates they pick up 48 cubic yards of cardboard each month from CSI.  According to the University of Oregon, recycling one ton of cardboard saves the equivalent of 3,000 kilowatt hours of the energy needed to process one ton of corrugated cardboard from fresh pulp. 

Year 2009: CSI’s Sustainability Council and Maintenance Department announced that 9,220 pounds of white paper were recycled between Oct 2009 and Nov 2010.  Your use of the white paper recycling bins translates into saving 78 trees, 1,383 gallons of oil, and 32,270 gallons of water.  These savings are in comparison to making paper solely from raw materials. 

Also, 10,010 pounds of newspaper were turned in for recycling from October 2009-Nov 2010 by CSI.  This newspaper may be turned into various paper products such as newspaper, egg cartons, and cellulose based insulation blown into attics and walls. 

Finally, we reported that 2,180 pounds of plastic bottles have been “recycled” at CSI from October 2009 through November 8th.  This weight translates to roughly 41,495 individual bottles.  Unlike aluminum cans that can be back on the shelf in a short six weeks, plastic bottles are turned into other products such as fill for sleeping bags and jackets, plastic lumber, and clothes.  The 41, 495 bottles is equivalent to approximately 1660 fleece jackets. 

What will happen to these fleece jackets and other products following their use?  Landfill here we come.  “Recycling” plastic bottles postpones the time until they reach their final resting place, the landfill.


CSI Catches and Releases 716 Pounds of Aluminum Cans

Aluminum CansThe CSI Sustainability Council and the Maintenance Department report campus recycling efforts from October 2009 to Nov 2010 have caught 716 pounds of prime aluminum cans and released them back into the market stream.  These caught and released cans (24,595) are back on the market shelves in a short six week period of time. 

CSI’s catch and release program translates into an energy savings equivalent of having a computer on for 73,785 hours.  Yes, you did the math correctly; that is a savings of three hours of computer power per can. This is because making a new can from recycled materials requires only about five percent of the energy needed to produce aluminum from raw materials (bauxite).

So, keep putting those empty cans in the appropriate bins so they can be released back into the market instead of dying in the landfill.