Recycling and Waste Stream Tips from the SLU Green Guide

Dorm Recycling Rooms

Know your dorm's recycling room and how it works. Each room should have a canister for recycling batteries, and compact florescent light bulbs, these items are toxic if not disposed of properly.

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Plastic and Glass

Remember to recycle as much #1 through 7 plastic and glass as possible. Even if there is not a specific recycle bin for glass, just rinse it and put it with the plastics and the cans.

Buy Recycled Products

Try to buy recycled products. The label will state the percent of post-consumer recycled content. Consider buying printer paper that is 100% post-consumer recycled content.  At SLU all our copy and printer paper is 30% post-consumer recycled content.

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Use Both Sides of Paper

Take notes on BOTH SIDES of paper, and make sure printers are always set to print on both sides.

Font Selection

Not all fonts are created equal.  Not only are they a style preference, some are more environmentally friendly than others.  Century Gothic uses the least amount of ink, followed by Eco Font and Times Roman.  If you're worried about paper use as well, Century Gothic is wider, so make sure to reduce character spacing and page margins.

Rechargeable Battery Disposal

Effective December 5, 2011, it is no longer legal to throw out rechargeable batteries with your trash.  Batteries such as rechargeable AA's, rechargeable power tool and laptop batteries, small sealed lead-acid batteries and others are included in the ban. 

Brewer Bookstore is one place you may bring your rechargeable batteries for recycling.  A collection box has been set up at the bookstore cashier counter.  Be sure to place each battery in its own plastic baggy (available at the collection site) before putting it in the box (Batteries must be in separate baggies because of Department of Transportation Rules; loosely packaged spent lithium batteries have caused fires during shipping and storage.)  Instructions are posted on the collection box.  Any person may drop off up to 10 rechargeable batteries per day.

To see examples of rechargeable batteries visit Call2Recycle.