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To Recycle or Not To Recycle. April Wittcop & Dan Bishop. Overview. 1. Introduction. 2. Recycling Trends and Efforts. 3. Methods. 4. Results. 5. Suggestions. Introduction to Plastics. Altogether there are more than 10,000 different kinds of plastics. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • To Recycle or Not To RecycleApril Wittcop & Dan Bishop

  • Overview1. Introduction2. Recycling Trends and Efforts3. Methods4. Results5. Suggestions

  • Altogether there are more than 10,000 different kinds of plastics. It takes 20-40 percent less energy to manufacture plastic grocery bags than paper ones. It takes seven trucks to deliver the same number of paper bags as can be carried in one truckload of plastic bags. Plastics make up about 11% of Americans Municipal Solid Waste by weight.This is approximately 25% of Americas total Municipal Solid Waste by massIntroduction to Plastics

  • When purchasing plastic products it is important to know which can be reused and which cannot. (link) PET Polyethylene Terephthalate Two-liter beverage bottles, mouthwash bottles, boil-in-bag pouches.

    HDPE High Density Polyethylene Milk jugs, trash bags, detergent bottles.

    PVC Polyvinyl Chloride Cooking oil bottles, packaging around meat.

    LDPE Low Density Polyethylene Grocery bags, produce bags, food wrap, bread bags.

    PP Polypropylene Yogurt containers, shampoo bottles, straws, margarine tubs, diapers.

    PS Polystyrene Hot beverage cups, take-home boxes, egg cartons, meat trays, cd cases.

    OTHER All other types of plastics or packaging made from more than one type of plastic. Recycling Codes

  • PET 17.5%HDPE 9%PVC 0%LDPE 2%PP 5%PS 1.4%OTHER 1%Statistics

  • 32% of all Municipal Solid Waste is recycled in the United States50% of all paper45% of aluminum drink cans63% of steel packaging67% of all major appliances34% of plastic bottles(

  • In Baltimore, Maryland a facility on Harris Creek has been installed to help catch the debris that would normally enter Baltimore Harbor. This net system currently collects approximately 5 tons per month. The purpose of this project is raise public awareness as to how much trash is being funneled into waterways through litter in the streets, residential, commercial and industrial areas. Trends and Efforts; Baltimore Harbor

  • Gov. Eliot Spitzer has proposed an expanded bottle bill at a press conference Tuesday February 27th, 2007.Under the expanded bottle bill, carbonated drinks would not be the only beverages with a requires nickel deposit. The new bill would include noncarbonated bottled drinks such as iced tea, water, sports drinks and juice among others. The new bill would also mandate that money from unclaimed deposits go into the state Environmental Protection Fund; something grocers, convenience store operators and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, R, C, I Brunswick, have voiced their opposition toTrends and Efforts; The Bottle Bill

  • HARTFORD -- The proposed expansion of the state's bottle bill to include plastic water containers cleared the Finance Committee this week and could be headed to the Senate for a vote. The proposal, which would create a five-cent deposit on all plastic water bottles of two liters or less, cleared the Finance Committee by 35-15 vote Tuesday (April 10th). Container-Recycling.orgTrends and Efforts; The Bottle Bill Continued

  • Surveys conducted by Procter & Gamble and others show that while most people expect their plastic to be recycled, they wont go out of their way or pay a few cents more to buy a bottle made of recycled plastic. (Energy Information Administration)

  • So we wanted to find out how often students at SUNY Brockport recycled their products and furthermore if they knew which products were recyclable in Monroe County.

    We hypothesized that SUNY Brockport students would recycle more plastics than the general public does because students are more aware of the results of recycling. Methods

  • Then in the Seymour Student Union we surveyed everyone that would agree to listen and answer some questions.Then we sat back and watched as people disposed of their waste products, keeping track of which ones went where. Methods

  • We asked them the following questions: Do you know what plastics can and cannot be recycled in Monroe County? Do you buy recyclable products even if they cost more?Have you ever taken an Environmental Science class?If there were recycling bins next to every garbage can, would you divide up your waste in order to put recyclables in the recycle bins?Methods

  • Of the Students Surveyed:30% Physical Education Majors10% Business Majors10% Math Majors20% English Majors20% Environmental Science Majors10% Other MajorsMethods / Results

  • When Asked Our Survey Questions These Wear the Results: Do you know what plastics can and cannot be recycled in Monroe County?30% yes 70% noDo you buy recyclable products even if they cost more?16% yes 84% noHave you ever taken an Environmental Science class?30% yes 70% noIf there were recycling bins next to every garbage can, would you divide up your waste in order to put recyclables in the recycle bin?74% yes 36% noResults

  • The percent of students that said they did know which types of plastics were recyclable was consistent with the percent of students that had taken an environmental science course.The students that were Environmental Science majors had a better understanding of what was recycled.Even though 74% of students would split up their waste to recycle what they could, most will not go out of their ways to purchase products that are recyclable to begin with (84%). Discussion

  • When asked why students will not go out of their ways to purchase recyclable products here were some of their responses: I dont really thing about that when I buy a product.I dont know which ones to look for.I dont have any extra money to spend for the same product in different packaging, I go for whats cheaper.Discussion

  • 63% of the products disposed of by students during observation were put into the trash. The other 37% were placed into recycling.Only 54% of the products seen disposed of should have been placed into the trash (as per the Monroe County Recycling Regulations. 1s and 2s!)Results

  • When combined, the two charts on the previous page show that approximately 9% of the recyclable products currently being sold on campus are not being recycled. This is VERY high/good!However: There is an even larger percent of products that could be recycled if more recyclable products were sold/used on campus.Results

  • The students that threw their products away outnumbered the students that recycled their products. What might be a good explanation for this activity?Are there any ways that we, as students, can increase the percentage of waste that gets recycled vs. going into a landfill/trash?Results

  • Some suggestions to raise recycling and awareness: Require an Environmental Science class (similar to the Contemporary Issues class requirement)Sell only recyclable plastics on campusPlacement of more recycling bins; both for paper and plastic containersDesignate what products can be recycled in which containersSuggestions

  • Suggestions

    Answer:: The plastic containers are more than likely 5s and 6s that were sold to them from the Student Union.Answer2:: Do Not Purchase Products without a 1 or 2. Insist on using your own containers. Buy in the bulk and bring a lunch. Use reusable containers, only buy containers that are recycled and always recycle them.