Boucke Recycling Audit

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Al Matyasovksy (better known around campus as "Big Al"), Penn State's Waste Management Supervisor, visited the Boucke Green Team on Tuesday to share the findings of the Boucke Building Spot Audit conducted April 27-28, 2010. We learned many interesting facts about recycling in Boucke. Some highlights:

  • 442.5 lbs of waste made up of 235.8 lbs refuse and 206.7 lbs of recycling
  • 206.7 lbs of recycling made up of 97.6 lbs of mixed office paper, 77 lbs newspaper, 27 lbs plastic bottles, 15.2 lbs food waste (compost), and 12.3 lbs of cardboard (no cans, glass or plastic film was collected on these two days)
  • This represents a higher than average capture of plastic bottles and newspaper, but mixed office paper, cardboard, cans, and glass are underrepresented
  • Al projects that the recycling potential for campus is 67%. Boucke's rate is 47%.

The Boucke Green Team will be working hard in the coming months to try and achieve the full recycling potential in the building. Some things we learned that some of you may not be aware of include:

  • Pressed cardboard (e.g., cereal boxes, other non-corrugated cardboard) can be recycled in the mixed office paper bins
  • Plastic film (this is that stretchy, clingy plastic that cases of water bottles and dry cleaning are wrapped in) can be recycled in the plastic bins. If you are not sure if what you have is "film" see if it stretches. If it does, recycle it!
  • Aluminum foil can be recycled with aluminum cans

 

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