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A recycle box for paper

Use both sides of every sheet of paper and recycle it when you no longer need it.

Doing your part for the environment

From eNews, April 3, 2008

Everyday activities such as reading a newspaper, eating lunch, mailing a package, or drinking a bottle of water can affect our environment. For example, throwing that half-eaten bagel or empty water bottle into the trash means it will end up in a landfill or waste incinerator. The former may result in contamination of our water supplies, and the latter can spew ash and greenhouse gases into the air we breathe. In 2006 each American generated 4.6 pounds of waste a day, of which about 1.5 pounds were recycled, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Here are some simple steps from the U's Recycling Program that you can take to decrease the waste that you generate:

Did you know?

One ton of aluminum cans saves the energy equivalent of 36 barrels of oil or 1,655 gallons of gasoline.

Using recycled glass instead of new materials consumes 40 percent less energy.

Source: EPA

For more tips on recycling, or a list of items you can and should not recycle, see University of Minnesota Facilities Management.