Why does MSU Recycle?
MSU recycles because recycling saves resources, prevents pollution, supports public health, and creates jobs. Recycling is an easy part to play in the future of MSU. This past year, MSU recycled a total of 261.45 tons. To put those numbers in perspective, that is about nine humpback whales.
MSU's recycling consists of aluminum and steel cans, plastics, mixed paper, newspaper, cardboard, and e-waste.
To be a little more specific, here are more numbers on what exactly we recycle and how much there was in 2014.
Our cans recycling was 3.05 tons, which is 6500 pounds of cans. That equates to about 5,072 gallons of oil, and 30.5 cubic yards of landfill space.
For our plastics recycling, we recycled 5.01 tons of plastic, which is consistent with saving 3,432 gallons of oil. That is enough to fill up 214 cars!
Mixed paper recycling was 28.4 tons, which is enough energy to heat and air condition 14 homes for 1 year.
Office paper recycling was a whopping 47.07 tons, and combined with the mixed paper, MSU recycled enough to save over 1,283 30 ft. trees for the year of 2014. This is also equivalent to saving 528,290 gallons of water.
We also recycled 125.4 tons of cardboard, which saves over 5,768 gallons of oil.
E-waste, which is electronic waste such as TVs, computers, cell phones and more, was totaled to 38.36 tons. One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the US.