Recycling at the University of Tulsa will soon become as easy as throwing something in the trash thanks to the TU Sustainability Committee’s introduction of single-stream recycling.
Single-stream recycling eliminates the need to separate paper, glass and plastics into different bins.
Each black dot on the above map of campus represents the location of one of the new Protainer recycling bins. Protainer bins can take most recyclable objects. / Graphic by Jill Graves
More materials will soon be accepted for recycling. Previously non-recyclable materials like glass, pizza boxes and plastics 3 through 7 will soon be accepted.
To reflect this new way of recycling, TU Sustainability is removing “plastic only” type labels from recycling bins.
Jason Grunin, Associate Director of Special Projects and Energy Conservation, expects that once the bins are relabeled and redistributed, there will be a recycling bin very conveniently next to every trash bin. Expect to see relabeled bins in the coming weeks.
In addition to relabeled bins, TU Sustainability has placed a contraption called a protainer next to many dumpsters. Each protainer has four 96-gallon bins inside.
Everything recyclable can go into it: pizza boxes, bottles and their caps, and old homework. Hopefully the protainers make recycling as easy as taking out the trash, said Grunin.
Grunin hopes to give dorm residents the option of having a recycling can inside their rooms as an extra convenience, probably by next spring. He expects to announce availability of these cans to dorm directors as soon as possible.
While most everything can be tossed in a recycling can or a protainer, some things are not recyclable. Some wastes require special disposal, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and batteries.
TU Sustainability does not currently have a recycling or safe disposal program for such items, but schemes to address these issues are in development.
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