Every Day Life - Waste
Waste: Much of the waste humans produce ends up in a landfill or in the oceans. The best ways to divert this waste is to Reduce Reuse and Recycle!
1. Avoid the landfill – recycle and compost instead.
- Know where and how to recycle/compost on and off campus. There are labeled recycling bins in Clough and many major buildings on campus. Also, the dining halls and food courts on campus have composting as an option. There is even a place to recycle your batteries, electronics, and other unwanted items.Click here to view a detailed diagram on all of the waste streams at Georgia Tech.
- Georgia Tech has increased its recycling from 7.2% in 2007 to 14.2% in 2014, and composted 297 tons of food waste in 2014.
- There are several recycling locations in the Atlanta area. Click the picture for more info!
2. Buy used rather than new.
- There are many donation centers near campus as well as places to purchase used items.
- Each year at the Tech Earth Day there is a clothing swap and office supply exchange where students can drop-off and pick-up used items for free.
3. Sell, donate, and share what you no longer use rather than throwing it away.
- Every year during GT Move-Out, a student organization called Tech Treasures works with Goodwill to provide donation bins for clothes, furniture, and electronics.
4. Use reusable “to-go” items such as water bottles, food containers, and grocery bags
- Did you know that bottled water costs 1,000 times more than tap water and the water is just as safe and clean? You can save money by buying purchasing a reusable water bottle once and filling it up for free.
- There are many locations on campus to fill up your water bottle including water filling stations and water fountains.
- Did you know that Americans use the equivalent of 100 billion 12-ounce water bottles each year which averages out to be 300 per person? Laid end to end this many bottles would wrap the Earth about 600 times or reach to the moon and back 30 times.
- Use a reusable container for leftover or to-go food instead of a non-reusable one.
- Not only do these make food more portable and convenient, but they also reduce the amount of waste produced on campus.
- Did you know it is estimated that 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year? That’s over one million bags per minute.
- Bring a reusable grocery bag to the store to opt out of using a new plastic one.
- Many grocery stores now sell reusable bags or you can bring in a grocery bag you already received and have at home, paper or plastic. Also many stores, such as Whole Foods, will give you a 10 cent discount for each bag you bring in for groceries.