Recycling & Waste Minimization
Kent State Stark students, faculty and staff recycled more than 50 tons of paper and nearly 11 tons of plastic, aluminum and glass (combined) for the 2008-09 FY, as reported by the Stark County Regional Planning Commission. Each campus office and public space has recycling containers. Recycling establishes good habits for the students, decreases waste in landfills and has eliminated one of the campus’ weekly trash collections.
Duplex Printing Saves Paper
To help promote waste minimization on campus, all computer labs offering printing services offers the option to have a different price per page charged if students decide to print on both sides of the page. The pay-to-print stations, located in each lab and public area, are now set to a discounted rate if the student prints duplex. Normal printing is still $.05 per page. When a student chooses duplex printing the cost will be $.04 per page. Additionally a color laser printer has been added in the Main Hall East Wing computer lab. The cost of each page is $.15 or $.14 per page if printing duplex.
Use these tips to make a big difference in waste minimization at Kent State Stark:
- Consider the environment before printing any documents
- Properly recycle your plastic, aluminum or glass trash in their respective bins
- Be aware that all items that are thrown away in the trash bins contribute to landfills
Kent State University at Stark, one of the largest recyclers in Stark County, is challenging you to do even more to reduce the waste that threatens our environment. Building on the campus’s core value to “respect and protect the campus green space and our region's ecological environment,” students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in RecycleMania, a competition between colleges and universities throughout the nation to increase recycling and decrease waste on campuses. The competition begins Feb. 5 and continues through March 30, 2012.
The program focuses on overall waste reduction instead of just recycling. The goal during this 8-week period is to generate the lowest possible amount of total waste per capita, which includes both trash and recycling. RecycleMania is designed to positively affect the future of colleges and universities by raising the awareness of how our everyday habits affect our planet.
By remembering four simple tips, the campus community will help Kent State Stark’s recycling efforts and create ongoing, positive habits that will help our environment’s future.
- Want to win? PUT IT IN THE BIN!
Dispose of paper, plastic, glass and aluminum cans in marked containers to prevent them from ending up in a landfill.
- Be nice ... USE IT TWICE!
Fill up your water bottles at any re-fill station throughout campus. Purchase a reusable cup in the Bookstore for $5.99 and receive a discount on coffee and soft drink refills from the Emporium.
- Be “green-minded”... PRINT TWO-SIDED!
Whenever possible, set your printer setting to two-sided, reducing the use of unnecessary paper and ink.
- It’s not trivial ... TO GO DIGITAL!
Think twice about printing documents, e-mail messages, pictures and website information. Save a digital copy or make a screenshot instead. Digital copies are easy to share with others and don’t waste paper or ink.
- View 2012 Stark Recyclemania Tournament Poster
- To learn more about RecycleMania, visit www.recyclemania.org.
Recycling Do's & Don'ts
In the Fall of 2005, Kent State Stark began recycling paper, aluminum, plastic and glass. Recycling containers are placed throughout campus for your convenience. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated in making our recycling program a success! Bins that end up with a careless "mix" of recyclables will be thrown out with the regular trash.
There are only a few simple do's and don'ts in our recycling program:
- DO separate your recyclables. Just look for the signs and labels to tell you what to put in each bin. The small, "unmarked" blue basket-size bins, located in all offices, classrooms, etc., are for PAPER recycling ONLY. The MID-size, blue bin is for "PLASTIC, GLASS ALUMINUM ONLY" and is labeled as such, (For kitchen staff, this also includes steel cans); these are conveniently located near all building restrooms/stairwells. These are located adjacent to the MID-size bins in public areas.
- DON'T put trash or food in the recycling bins.
- DON'T bring in recyclables from home to place in bins.
- DO encourage your friends and colleagues to participate in our on-campus recycling program. With everyone's participation, we can become a community leader in recycling!
Tips to Help Green Your Life
- Recycle More: Buy more recycled products. Waste less: think about what you are about to throw away, the likelihood is it will be going to a landfill.
- Change to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Save money and energy. CFLs last longer to help save money on replacements as well as using less energy.
- Save Water: Turn off water when brushing teeth and take shorter showers. Even better, take a navy shower, shutting off the water while soaping up and shampooing.
- Drive Less: Use local transportation, walk, bike or carpool. Turn your car off if you're going to be idle for more than one minute.
- Check your Tires: Correct air pressure in tires saves gasoline. Did you know 50 to 80 percent of tires are underinflated? Underinflated tires waste up to five percent of a car's fuel.
- Be a Minimalist: Avoid excess packaging and waste. Go paperless. Consider reading your newspaper and magazine subscriptions online. Switch to electronic banking and credit card payment, too. Think before you print or copy.
- Turn it Off: Shut down electronics when not in use. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use (especially overnight). Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it.
- Save Energy: Close windows, shut doors in the winter. Lower your thermostat. Buy a programmable thermostat.
- Plant a Tree: One tree can absorb 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. Get off junk mail lists. Tonic can get you started.
- Help Spread the Word: Encourage friends and family to take part in recycling, waste minimization and energy saving practices.
- Reuse your Water Bottle: Avoid buying bottled water. In fact, reuse everything at least once, especially plastics.
- Join Freecycle.org: Freecycle.org is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills.