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Augustana Recycling Information Page

Augustana College contracts its single-stream recycling program with Eagle Enterprises. The Campus Sustainability Committee and Global Affect strongly encourage individuals to reduce solid waste disposal and to recycle.

Guidelines for Augustana's recycling program:

  1. Recyclable materials include:
    • Plastics 1,2,3,4,5,7. No styrofoam please.
    • All metals (steel, aluminum, etc.).
    • All paper (office paper, newspaper, junk mail, etc.)
    • Glass (clear, green and brown) -- please wrap sharp broken glass carefully and dispose in the garbage container.
  2. Please do not deposit other garbage in the recycling receptacles. Food containers should be empty and clean. Drain your beverage containers in a nearby sink before depositing.
  3. It is okay to the leave caps on plastic bottles because the group that buys the plastic from Eagle sends all the plastic through a large grinder. Then they put the plastic in water….whatever sinks is one type of plastic and whatever floats is another. The "floaters" (usually the lids) are skimmed off and melted down into a separate plastic product. If the lids are left on, they should not be screwed down too tightly. Too tight will not allow for air to escape when they bail the plastic.
  4. Most plastic bags are able to be recycled at Eagle (even if they don't have a number on them). This includes all plastic grocery bags, shopping bags, plastic that seals magazines and journals, etc. Bags that are too thin (such as bags around newspapers or the thin plastic trash liners in our offices) are not acceptable. Do a test with your fingers….if you can easily push through the plastic, it is too thin.
  5. Batteries and electronic waste are not collected as part of this program. For more information, visit the Recycling batteries and e-waste website.

Information on recycling:

  1. Augustana participates in the national RecycleMania competition, placing first in the state 2007 and 2008 in the per-capita weight of recyclables.
  2. Eagle Enterprises contracts with a wide variety of domestic industries to sell their sorted materials. Below is a partial and general list of where materials end up (as of January, 2009):
    • Corrugated cardboard - Cedar Rapids, IA
    • Newspaper - Pekin, IL
    • Other paper - Griffith , IN (to be made into egg cartons)
    • Aluminum - Dells Metals here in the Quad Cities
    • Steel - Joliet, IL refinery
    • Glass - St. Louis (to be made back into glass bottles)
    • Plastic #1 - Mohawk carpets, Georgia (to be made into carpet)
    • Plastics #3, 4, and 5 - Graystone in Bettendorf
    • Plastic #2 - Michigan
  3. Why should you recycle? There are many good reasons!
    • Solid waste that is not recycled or composted ends up in a sanitary landfill. These facilities take up space and are expensive to operate. Moreover, the lifespan of any landfill is finite, and finding a new site that is geologically, geographically, and politically suitable is an expensive and difficult process!
    • Recycling conserves natural resources, which must be either grown or mined. There is a host of environmental, ethical, and political issues associated with the exploitation of any natural resource.
    • Recycling reduces CO2 emissions.
    • Recycling conserves energy.
    • Many new products are now made domestically from recycled materials.

Additional information and links can be found at: Reasons to Recycle.