There are many ways that YOU can help make the TuftsRecycles! program even better. Here are a few resources to help you get started.
Be on the lookout for places on campus that need bins and request a recycling bin.
Encourage paper recycling by labeling publications and printings with instructionary logos (Word file).
Promote recycling by hanging instructions in your office or kitchenette.
Save one-sided paper and use it to make scratch pads.
Create Scratch Pads From One-Sided Paper
For only about .15 cents per notepad, the Tufts print shop will take one sided paper and bind it into notepads.
1. Put out a box for one-sided paper in the common area. Ask your department mates to place paper with the blank side face-down in the box.
2.Once you a have paper case sized box full, call Tufts Recycles! and request a pick-up. x73810
Due to the fact that the Medford print shop is now closed, we will be stockpiling large amounts of paper until we have enough to organize transport to the Boston campus shop. This means unfortunately that we cannot guarantee that we will return finished notepads to you. We may only make them once per year and we will probably use many in Boston. Most likely people who take on this initiative are close associates of ours (or will be) and therefore will find an opportunity to get notepads when available.
[We recommend to avoid printing, print double-sided and/or with multiple pages per sheet.]
1. Solo cups and yogurt containers are recyclable! Just put them in the plastics/metals bin.
2. Don’t throw away used ink cartridges or batteries! There are buckets around campus where you can recycle them.
3. Help spread the word that staples, bindings, and envelope windows in paper recycling do not need to be removed. Click here to see a photo of what they look like after the recycling process.
4. Recycling costs Tufts 50% less than sending trash to landfills.
5. Trade your incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescents for FREE by bringing them to the Tufts Institute of the Environment (behind Miller Hall).
6. You can recycle the tops of your pizza boxes if they aren’t greasy (just tear them off!).
7. Most Tufts printers default to two-sided printing. If your printer is not defaulted to two-sided printing, follow the steps below:
Click File then select Print
Click Properties (or Preference)
Go to the “Setup” tab
Look for “2-sided Printing” box and activate it
8. Call us before disposing reusable items (clothing, furniture, etc…). We might be able to put it to good use. Our number is 617-627-3810.
9. Help promote RecycleMania (through March 17) by posting and updating a scoreboard in your department or residence (file is 11×17″). Results will be posted on our recyclemania page no later than every Monday or subscribe to the “sustainability” elist at https://elist.tufts.edu/ to have results (and more) emailed to you. We also have simplified scorecards for dorms and houses which can be posted by residents. Click the following link for an example of these scorecards.
To learn more, check out the following pages:
The Washington Post’s analysis regarding the age-old question: paper vs. plastic (bags)
The Daily Green’s consumer’s guide to the green revolution is full of eco-information. Their guide to plastic recycling symbols is especially informative. Stop Trashing the Climate‘s 2008 report details the link between trash, recycling and climate destruction.