With summer upon us, the library literally becomes a second home for many of you as a refuge from the heat. All that note taking, coffee drinking and draft revising produces a good deal of waste. Before you chuck those scraps in the garbage, the library offers many disposal methods that are far more sustainable.
- Paper recycling – save single-sided jobs for scrap, and when you’re done with double-sided, we have receptacles on every floor by the stairs and in the print rooms; don’t forget about cardboard!
- Comingled recycling – use these bins for most everything besides paper, including hard plastics, glass, and metal
- Composting – these containers are for all food waste, and you can even throw in paper plates and cups, napkins, towels, and tissues
- Battery recycling – located in the print room on M-level of MSEL (pictured), this is a safer way to dispose of your AAs and AAAs
- Pen recycling – in the same location, you can deposit any writing implement – pens, pencils, markers, and highlighters
- Food wrapper recycling – On Q-level of MSEL, you can throw out individual candy wrappers and the multipack plastic bags
We’re especially pleased with the last two programs, which are the newest to our recycling suite. You might rightly wonder, “How can you recycle pens or food wrappers?” The JHU Office of Sustainability connected us with a company that actually upcycles many items that would otherwise be landfill bound into useful consumer products like benches and purses. How cool!
Besides disposing of your waste in more responsible ways, how can you further support these so-called cradle to cradle products? As you begin holiday shopping, consider supporting local, independent businesses that carry such merchandise. Just think twice before reaching for that roll of wrapping paper!
But first things first, that final paper isn’t going to write itself. If you have a question about recycling or anything else, you know who to ask…