Green Amherst

Recycling

Did You Know?

If every student, staff member and faculty member at Amherst recycled...

JUST ONE MORE SHEET OF PAPER every day, recycling that paper back into new paper products instead of sending it to the landfill, it would reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 11 tons per year. That would offset enough gasoline to fill your car's tank 63 times.

If every student at Amherst recycled...

ONE MORE ALUMINUM CAN per day, recycling that aluminum back into new cans instead of sending it to the landfill, it would reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 90 tons per year. That's the equivalent of taking fifteen passenger cars off the road.

If every student at Amherst recycled...

ONE MORE PLASTIC BOTTLE each day, recycling that plastic back into new plastic products instead of sending it to the landfill, it would reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 16 tons per year. That's the equivalent of taking three cars off the road.

Note: all of the above tons are in U.S. tons (not metric tons). Car equivalencies are based on EPA estimates including average vehicle mileage of 23.9 miles per gallon, average vehicle miles traveled at 12,000, and amount of CO2 emitted per gallon of motor gasoline burned at 8.781 kg.

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Using EPA's Waste Reduction Model (WARM) :

Recycling 1 ton of aluminum cans instead of landfilling saves fourteen tons eCO2

Recycling 1 ton of PET instead of landfilling saves two tons eCO2

Recycling 1 ton of office paper instead of landfilling saves five tons eCO2

1 ton aluminum = 63,840 cans (Can Central: Fun Facts)

1 ton PET = 32,000 20-oz. bottles (NapCor: Fun Facts About PET)

Learn More:

Recycling at Amherst College

Residence Hall Recycling Challenge

 

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