Sustainable Dining - Recycling Efforts
The importance of Recycling
- Waste in landfill sites releases greenhouse gases and harmful chemicals - recycling reduces this pollution.
- Making products from raw materials requires much more energy than recycling. Recycling thus preserves natural resources and reduces our need for raw materials
- Landfill sites are filling up fast-- we can't afford excess waste!
- Recycling is a big business (In the U.S., is a $236 billion a year industry). Across the country, 1.1 million workers are employed by over 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises. (National Recycling Coalition)
Dining Services recycles it's glass, plastic, aluminum, newspapers, cardboard, and office paper through Facilities Services. In fact, Dining recycles such a large quantity of cardboard that it practically pays for the entire trash removal in the Dining Hall.
In addition, the fryer oil used in the Dining Hall and The Spa is sold for reuse at .30/gallon - and is then converted to bio-diesel fuel. Dining also has a full selection of compostable and eco-friendly paper products for our resident dining program, our disposable Catering drop offs and our convenient retail grab and go items.We
Students living in the Northwoods Apartments are piloting a new program of composting. The organic material when broken down will be utilized around campus and at the Student Skidmore Garden.