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Can something old be new again?
Before discarding an item into the trash barrel consider whether you could use it for something other than its original purpose. For example, could that restaurant “leftovers” container be reused to carry your lunch in? You and your family can reduce the amount of garbage you produce if you simply become aware of how much you throw out and then change some of your habits.

By reusing and recycling materials you can reduce waste and preserve the environment. In 2005, recycling, including composting, diverted 79 million tons of material away from landfills. Conduct a Single Day Waste Audit to see what you actually throw away in one day and then determine if an item could be reused or recycled instead. Here are some tips on how to reuse and recycle:

  • Turn empty jars into containers for leftover food.
  • Use cloth napkins or towels.
  • Refill a water bottle instead of buying new ones consistently.
  • Donate old magazines or surplus equipment.
  • Purchase refillable pens and pencils.

Learn how to recycle at MIT
Green works closely with the Department of Facilities Recycling Program to increase the amount of recycling on campus. In 2006, MIT reached a rate of 40% with the community recycling over 500 tons of mixed paper, 45 tons of bottles/cans, 60 tons of computer parts/monitors, and 190 tons of wood and metal harvested from discarded furnishings.

Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. The more MIT recycles the more MIT saves financially and contributes to a sustainable environment. Learn the of Recycling at MIT and become an environmental leader.