New Recycling Bins at IUP

Posted on 1/11/2011 11:47:44 AM
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Get ready for some exciting news—IUP is getting brand-new recycling bins! The new bins will be appearing in the entrances of all academic buildings with the start of the Spring 2011 semester.

Four blue containers, side by side, with unique lids will be available to recycle:

  • Mixed Office Paper
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Plastics #1 & #2
  • Newspapers

Rusty on your Recycling Etiquette?

Any plastic product that can be recycled will have a recycling symbol (three arrows in the shape of a triangle) on it somewhere, usually on the bottom. Inside the symbol will be a number from 1 to 7. The number indicates the type of plastic the container is created from. The Indiana County Recycling Center is set up to accept plastics #1 and #2, and so this is what we can recycle at IUP.

  • Paper: This always seems to be a popular topic of debate when it comes to recycling. Mixed office can include colored paper and ink, but can not include glossy paper (such as magazines) or newspaper.
  • Plastics #1 and #2: You should empty and rinse out containers before recycling them (though the center will take a small amount of contamination). Lids may be left on plastic bottles, but removal is better.
  • Newspapers: All newsprint, including inserts and advertisements.
Please do not contaminate the bins with other garbage

Please do not contaminate the bins with other garbage, as this may prevent all other materials in the bin from being recycled.

With the old cardboard bin system, the following amount was recycled from August 2009 through August 2010:

  • Cardboard: 49,000 lbs
  • Mixed Office: 147,000 lbs
  • Plastic: 10,000 lbs
  • Aluminum Cans: 3,000 lbs
  • Glass: 1,300 lbs

Let’s see if we can make a new record for IUP! With our powers combined . . . we can make a difference!

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Sustainability @ IUP

The Consumer's Guide to the Green Revolution