Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The average American produces over 1,680 pounds of waste each year. Waste can be slashed by 75% if you reduce what you consume, reuse what you have, and recycle or compost what you would normally pitch into the trash.
Last year BU generated over 9280.45 tons of waste. This translates to 554.19 pounds of waste per person. Of this, 14% was recycled on the Charles River Campus. The BUMC increased its recycling by 113% since January 2009. The national average recycling rate is 33.4%.
The energy saved by recycling a single aluminum can, or one glass bottle, could operate a television set for three hours, or light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. If everyone on campus recycled one glass bottle or one aluminum can, we would avoid adding 9.6 metric tonnes (21,000 pounds) of CO2 to the atmosphere.