July 2015


In This Issue

2014 Year in Review
Rare Bird Spotted at CGNA
Plan a Green Vacation
Newsletter Archive
What Do Your Recyclables Become?
Eco-Friendly Dorm Room


2014 Year in Review


We're excited to share the LCSWMA 2014 Year in Review, which highlights the many accomplishments and activities from this past year.

Year in Review

Rare Bird Spotted at CGNA


In July, a rare bird was spotted at the Chestnut Grove Natural Area (CGNA).

The Dickcissel, a small sparrow-like songbird, is endangered in PA and is protected under the Game and Wildlife Code.

Like other grassland nesting birds, the Dickcissel has been impacted by development and other land use changes. The 85 acres of grasslands and wildflower meadows at the CGNA is an ideal habitat for these birds to live.

Keep an eye out for one the next time you visit the CGNA.

Photo provided by Meredith Lombard.


Plan a Green Vacation


This year, when planning for your summer vacation, consider the environmental impact of your trip.

Click here for tips that can help reduce your carbon footprint while traveling.


Past Newsletters


Access previous issues of Waste Matters here.


What Do Your Recyclables Become?


Everyday materials like plastic, paper, aluminum and glass can be recycled into a variety of new items. By making the choice to recycle, you are giving these products new life.

After recyclables are picked up at the curb, they are often sent to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), which is a specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers.

Read on to discover what products can be made from items in your recycling bin.

These items are shredded and melted into pellets. Manufacturers use the different types of pellets to make new plastic products. For example, laundry detergent bottles might become buckets, toys or stadium seats. Milk or juice containers might end up as plastic lumber, outdoor play sets or new containers. Additionally, carpet, fleece and winter jacket insulation could contain materials from a recycled soda or water bottle.

Paper and Cardboard
Paper and cardboard are separated by type and then transported to a paper mill where the material is shredded and mixed into a pulp to make new products. Newspaper might become an egg carton, paper plate or construction paper. Magazines are often turned into newspapers or paperboard packaging. Junk mail and office paper are processed into facial and toilet tissue. Recycled paperboard is made into new paperboard, paper towel rolls and paper backing for roof shingles. Cardboard boxes usually get a second life as paper bags or paperboard.

Aluminum and Tin Cans
Aluminum cans are often shredded and melted to make new cans or foil. Because there is no loss in quality when melting down aluminum, it is possible to recycle this material indefinitely. In order to recycle tin cans, processing plants separate the steel from the tin. Steel, which is also infinitely recyclable, can then be used to make everything from bicycle and car parts to steel beams and rebar, household appliances or new cans.

Like aluminum and steel, glass can be recycled indefinitely and manufacturing recycled glass into new bottles or jars uses fewer resources than starting from scratch. Glass is melted down in order to make new containers or crushed into small shards and used for making bricks, paved surface and sports turf.


Create an Eco-Friendly Dorm Room


From bedding to books, backpacks and more, there are a lot of supplies to purchase when preparing for college.

Below are a few ways for you or your child to create an eco-friendly college dorm room and keep it running efficiently from the first day of classes through final exams.

Figure out what's really needed. It's easy to get caught up in the shopping excitement and start purchasing things that really aren't necessary. Begin by making a list of essential items then determine what items on the list must be purchased new and what can be bought used.

Buy reusable products. Rather than picking up a cup of coffee in a Styrofoam cup every morning from the student union, head to the university bookstore and purchase a travel coffee mug. Reusable tote bags are useful to have on hand too and eliminate the need for plastic bags.

Be mindful about hazardous waste. Things like batteries, and electronic waste such as televisions, computers and video game consoles should not be thrown away with regular trash. To find out how to property dispose of these items, contact the Sustainability Center on campus or the Office of Residence Life.

Recycle. Many dorms have a recycling area next to the community trash cans. Consider making a personal recycling bin out of a cardboard box to keep in the dorm as a reminder to recycle. Once the homemade bin is full, take to the community recycling area for disposal.

Unplug. Dorm rooms are full of electronics from TVs and laptops to cell phones, MP3 players and printers. Plus, most of these electronics are usually plugged into one power strip, which can suck up a lot of energy. Before heading out for a day of classes or evening of fun, be sure to unplug power cords from the wall.

Take advantage of earth-friendly transportation. Most college campuses are pedestrian-friendly and offer walking and biking paths, as well as shuttle services for students. These modes of transportation are easy on the wallet and planet.


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