Opening Day Cardboard Recycling

On Opening Day each year, there are many pounds of cardboard brought to campus as the Freshmen Class moves onto campus. Starting with Opening Day in 2008, the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee organized volunteers to collect this cardboard for recycling purposes.

During the past years, over 28,200 pounds of cardboard has been recycled.

  • Opening Day 2008 - 1,500 lbs. collected
  • Opening Day 2009 - 3,340 lbs. collected
  • Opening Day 2010 - 4,580 lbs. collected
  • Opening Day 2011 - 5,240 lbs. collected
  • Opening Day 2012 - 3,570 lbs. collected
  • Opening Day 2013 - 4,000 lbs. collected
  • Opening Day 2014 - 6,0000 lbs. collected

To put this in perspective, collecting 1,500 pounds of cardboard is enough to fill two 10-cubic yard dumpsters, saves 17 trees and over 9 cubic yards of landfill space. Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. Each ton of cardboard recycled represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution.

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