Monday, January 14, 2013

Recycle more with Randolph's new recycling program

Recycling at Randolph just got easier.

The printed rough draft of your last English paper, the plastic drink bottle you emptied while writing it, and the cardboard box from the frozen dinner you ate while writing that night all can go in the same recycling bin.

A few weeks ago, Randolph switched to a “single-stream” recycling program. That means that the blue recycling bins around campus now accept nearly any type of recyclable material, and the College’s recycling partner sorts the materials, said Ludovic Lemaitre ’11, sustainability coordinator.

“It’s a huge improvement,” said Lemaitre. “Recycling becomes a no-brainer.”

This simplified system makes it easier to distribute recycling bins, since each location only needs one bin. More than 200 recycling bins can be found in residence halls, bathrooms, offices, and hallways around campus.

The new arrangement also allows the College to recycle glass, cans, and juice boxes, which were not allowed before.

The new program could save the College money; prior to the single-stream arrangement, the College had to pay landfill fees when recyclables were placed in the wrong container and had to be thrown away rather than recycled. Since every bin can accept most kinds of recycling, that is in the past.

“We can recycle more, and we save money too,” Lemaitre said.

Each recycling bin has instructions for what it accepts, but here is a quick guide:

Each blue recycling bin can accept:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Soda cans and tins
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Juice Boxes

They can NOT accept:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Lightbulbs
  • Food-soiled items (like pizza boxes with grease and cheese)

Additionally, there is a recycling center on the fifth floor of the Leggett Building that can accept:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Small Electronics
  • Batteries
  • DVDs and CDs

Note: Lemaitre said the bins are provided to collect recyclables that are used on campus, so people should not bring in their old bottles and cans from home. He suggested that people in the Lynchburg area consider RecycleEasy, which provides a similar single-stream recycling solution with curbside pickup.