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One of the best things you can do in this area can also be one of the most difficult – reduction! We all love to buy things, but we need to remember that most products have a life-span and will be discarded as waste when they are no longer used. So if fewer items are bought to begin with, there will be less placed into the waste-stream.

When you do purchase an item, think about it first. Could you buy the item used? Could you reuse it as something else once you are finished with it? Can the item be easily recycled? Does the item contain a portion of recycled content?



 

 



Reduce & Reusehydration station

  There are many ways to reduce & reuse. Here are some ideas:

Use a reusable water bottle or mug. Note: Many buildings on campus are equipped with hydration stations/water bottle refill stations.

Bring your own utensils with you when eating at locations that only offer disposable utensils (plastic ware).

Think before you print. If you do not need a hard copy, keep it on the screen!

Print double-sided.

Buy from local thrift stores.

Keep wrapping paper and gift bags for reuse.

Avoid using disposal plates, cups, and utensils.

If you are able, compost your food waste! This can significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill. 

Borrow items rather than buy them. This can be achieved easily for books and films! Check to see if a book or film is available at Sherrod Library on campus or at the Johnson City Public Library.

Keep items (especially electronics) as long as possible! While it may be tempting to upgrade to the next best thing, keeping things longer means that there will be less added to the waste-stream.

Pack breakfast or lunch in a washable container instead of a one-time use container.

Avoid junk mail - call companies that send you unwanted mail and ask to be removed from their mailing list.

Use old clothing as rags for cleaning.

Use scrap paper for notes.

Donate good quality, unwanted items to local charities.

 


 

  Recycling for Faculty and StaffDr. Noland Recycling

Recycle whenever possible!

We are in the process of a recycling switch-over. Some buildings are now equipped with joint recycling/waste disposal stations and a self-maintained desk-side waste bins (known as the mini-bin system). Others are still operating with separate trashcans and wire bins for plastic and aluminum, with custodial staff maintaining the desk-side bins.

The recycling bins are located on each hall in campus buildings and outside along walkways.

Items that cannot be recycled in recycling bins (ink cartridges, glass, batteries, etc.) can be taken to the ETSU Recycling Center (map). For pick-up, call 439-7900.

 


 

 Recycling for Students

Recycle whenever possible!

Recycling bins are located on each hall in campus buildings and outside along walkways.

Items that cannot be recycled in recycling bins (ink cartridges, glass, batteries, etc.) can be taken to the ETSU Recycling Center (map).

Place all cardboard in specially marked "Cardboard Recycling" dumpsters.

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