Check out this article from Mother Nature Network that describes 20 items most people don’t know can be recycled! There are many more services like these that are offered if you just ask around. Also, instead of throwing away items such as the ones talked about in this article, you can bring them to the CEC office to be donated to our Trash to Treasure sale that occurs every semester! By collecting donated clothes, furniture, electronics, books, and more from students at the end of each semester, we are able to encourage the reuse of items that might otherwise go straight to landfills.
Another way UT is helping to decrease the percentage of trash that goes to landfills is by switching to single-stream recycling! The full transformation will hopefully be complete by 2014. Basically, this will allow ALL recyclable material (glass, plastic, aluminum cans, and paper) to be collected in a single bin. Not only is this more cost effective and convenient for both collectors and recyclers, but it allows more paper grades to be recycled as well. Watch the following video to see how a single stream recycling center works.
Finally, check out this awesome chart that informs about services UT offers for recycling more obscure items from batteries to furniture. So, think twice the next time you go to throw something away in the trash, because chances are there is a way to recycle it and prevent it from piling up, useless in one of the over 3,000 active landfills here in the U.S. (there are over 10,000 old ones!).