Sustainability

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Here are some tips and strategies to help you move towards a zero waste lifestyle.  Visit the Sustainability Blog to add your own ideas!

 

The Three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Miscellaneous Items: Opportunities for Reuse and Recycle

 

 

The Three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Reduce

  • Reduce the amount of paper thrown away by:
    • Making double-sided copies
    • Decreasing your default page margins to Microsoft Office's "narrow" setting
    • Storing documents on your computer or server instead of printing out paper copies
  • Buy products in bulk rather than individually packaged items
  • Purchase products with less packaging whenever possible
  • Invest in durable, easy-to-repair goods, instead of "disposable" ones. Higher initial costs are usually justified by lower maintenance, disposal, and replacement costs.
  • Repair rather than replace items


Reuse

  • Use paper that's been printed on one side for notes or scratch paper
  • Set up a "reuse station" in your department or residence hall floor for materials such as file folders, interoffice envelopes, boxes and paper to be stored for reuse
  • Keep a reusable travel mug in your car or bag to avoid using disposable cups
  • Carry water in reusable containers instead of using disposable plastic bottles
  • Reuse packaging materials such as boxes, newspaper, tissue paper, and packing peanuts
  • Reuse commonly disposed of items such as grocery bags for activities such as packing lunches or your next trip to the store
  • Take advantage of web communities like Craigslist and Freecycle, where you can offer, exchange, and receive free second-hand goods
  • Use reusable containers instead of plastic baggies
  • Use canvas bags to carry your groceries instead of using paper or plastic


Recycle

  • Educate yourself on what is and is not recyclable and compostable in your area. Refer to the "How It Works" section of the site for more information on what can be recycled or composted in Seattle.
  • Purchase recycled products. Products made from recycled materials will usually state their percentage of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials (if this is not on the product itself, check the specification). Look for products with a high percentage of post-consumer content!
  • Purchase recyclable products whenever possible
  • A little research goes a long way when it comes to recycling unusual or bulky items. We've tried to make it easier on you by adding a section on recycling miscellaneous items.

 

 

Miscellaneous Items: Opportunities for Reuse and Recycle

 

Some things, like copy paper and plastic bottles, are easy to recycle.  Other items require a little more digging.  We've compiled the following resources to assist you in some of your more daunting recycling endeavors.

 

Reuse

  • Buy, sell, or donate used textbooks via Facebook. SPU has a textbook exchange group that anyone with an @spu.edu email address can join.
  • Sell or give away items using Craigslist or SPU's Free & For Sale Facebook group

 

Recycle

 

The most difficult items to recycle are often electronics.  The following information is intended as a resource to assist in recycling both personally owned electronics as well as University equipment not yet supported by our recycling infrastructure.  CIS is responsible for recycling all University-owned computers and monitors.

 

Washington requires electronics manufacturers to provide free recycling services for computers, monitors, and televisions.  The E-cycle participants nearest SPU are listed below. Some locations accept additional electronics for a fee, as noted. Additional E-cycle locations can be found using WA state's lookup tool

 

          Accepts computers, monitors, and TV's free of charge.

          Accepts most electronics.

 

         Accepts computers, monitors, and TV's free of charge. They also accept:

 

    • peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, small speakers, memory, ink cartridges, and network equipment)
    • cell phones
    • printers and scanners

Accepts computers, monitors, and TV's free of charge.