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Recycle 4 The World

Butler Students, Faculty, and Staff!

  Did you know that our University has an excellent recycling program? It is important that everyone takes their own role in making our campus a greener place, and it is easy- just recycle!

            On campus, we can recycle four things: Paper, Plastic, Cans (Pop Cans, Soup Cans, etc.), and Glass; hence "Recycle 4 The World"! Recycling bins and dumpsters are located all over the University, so take a couple extra seconds on your way out the door or down the hall to properly dispose of your trash. Recycling can have a big impact on our future, and being an institution that will stand strong in the future, we must recycle.

So when you are about to throw something away, ask yourself "4?", if so, recycle it!

Don't know where to recycle on campus? Check the map below to see where you can recycle at Butler University!

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Quick! 11 Facts About Recycling

  1. The average American uses 650 pounds of paper each year - 100 million tons of wood could be saved each year if all that paper was recycled.
  2. Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
  3. A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year.
  4. About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is only 28%.
  5. Every month Americans throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper, but all of these jars are recyclable!
  6. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kills as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures a year! The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of Texas and is floating somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii. It's also 80 percent plastic, and weighs in at 3.5 million tons.
  7. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for six months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of pollution.
  8. The 17 trees saved by recycling one ton of paper can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air each year.
  9. If all of our newspapers were recycled, we could save about 250 million trees each year! If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
  10. More than 20 million Hershey's Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of aluminum foil. Believe it not, ALL that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it so most it goes in the trash!
  11. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours. In spite of this, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months!

Check out this entertaining and educative video about recycling! - Why Recycle 101