I Don’t Know How to Compost!

October 6th, 2014 by

Sustainability Educators for the Office of Residential Life developed this video to help demystify composting in the Dugout and single-stream recycling on campus.

Remember: You Can Recycle Textiles on Campus

September 12th, 2013 by

Members of the campus community can recycle textiles at residence hall desks, the Shirk Center (by Wellness), Hansen Student Center (at the main entrance) and Memorial Center (by the Main Desk) in round bins.

A textile is any item made from cloth or an artificial fabric like vinyl. Textiles are used for clothing, linens, bedding, upholstery, curtains, carpets and other items. Any textile item, even if it’s worn, torn, or stained, can be recycled. You can even recycle a single shoe! Items simply need to be clean and dry.

Some facts:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year. That adds up to 3.8 billion pounds of unnecessary waste added to our landfills.
  • Clothing and household textiles currently make up 5.2% of the waste in landfills.
  • Recycling clothing and textiles decreases the use of natural resources, such as water used in growing crops and petroleum used in creating new clothing and textiles.
  • It also decreases the need for chemicals used in manufacturing new textiles and the pollution caused by the manufacturing process.

How are recycled textiles used?

  • Resold at charities’ secondhand clothing stores
  • Sent to developing countries
  • Turned into wiping cloths, which are used in a variety of industries and businesses (everything from manufacturers to repair shops, construction industries, stores, and maintenance and custodial departments)
  • Processed back into fibers and turned into paper, yarn, insulation, carpet padding, and other items

from: http://www.smartasn.org/educators-kids/Textile_Recycling_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Single Stream Recycling Comes to IWU

August 19th, 2013 by

This summer, IWU has changed recycling contractors and can now offer single stream recycling on campus. You no longer need to separate paper and containers, but rather you can place all recyclable materials into one bin.

In the public areas, you can place plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper into the bins marked “Single Stream.”

Acceptable containers include:

  • Plastics #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7, including containers for milk, water, soda, detergent, shampoo, salad dressings, medicine bottles, etc. (lids included)
  • Plastic 6-pack and 12-pack ring carriers (must be cut up)
  • Grocery containers #4 and #5 (plastic resin) such as margarine tubs, yogurt cups, and frozen dessert cups
  • Glass bottles and jars: clear, brown, blue, or green (metal lids included)
  • Aluminum: cans, clean disposable trays, pans, and foil
  • Steel cans, including empty aerosol cans
  • Juice boxes (no straws)
  • Gable-top milk and OJ cartons

Acceptable paper items include:

  • Newspapers, including all advertising inserts
  • Paperboard, such as cereal boxes, frozen food boxes, and tissue boxes
  • Cardboard
  • Computer paper, loose leaf paper, and gift wrap
  • Soft-cover books and hard-cover books
  • Junk mail and envelopes (including those with windows)
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Telephone books
  • Magazines

In your office, you can still use the paper boxes previously used “for paper only”  for all recyclable materials.   If you would like a new recycling container for your office, please contact Dale Conover in Physical Plant (dconover@iwu.edu) and he will arrange for a new container to be delivered.

If you have any questions or comments about the program, please feel free to contact Carl Teichman (cteich@iwu.edu)


Single-Stream Recycling

July 29th, 2013 by

Single-stream recycling is coming to campus this fall. With the community’s switch to single-stream recycling, all types of recyclables — paper, cans and bottles — can be placed in a single container.

The campus plan for accommodating single-stream recycling will be based on a report prepared by Megan George ’13 as an Environmental Studies senior seminar project, available on Digital Commons.

Recycling Beyond the Bin: Vehicles

May 24th, 2013 by

The nonprofit Wheels For Wishes works with Make-A-Wish Illinois to tow away and recycle or auction off old and broken down vehicles for charity, at no charge to individuals. Learn more at illinois.wheelsforwishes.org

Bike the Trail

May 20th, 2013 by

Want to explore Bloomington-Normal’s Constitution Trail? A mobile-friendly version of the trail map is available at bikeblono.org/map (created by IWU web developer Michael Gorman ’10).

Battery Recycling Available On Campus

April 22nd, 2013 by

Batteries, cell phones and ink cartridges can be recycled on campus at either residence hall desks or the Information Technology Services House.

Additionally, ITS will accept old cell phones and ink cartridges. University departments can have these items sent to ITS for disposal.

Single-Stream Sorting

February 4th, 2013 by

Now that Bloomington and Normal (and by this fall, the IWU campus) operate single-stream recycling — accepting paper, cardboard, plastic and cans in one bin — have you wondered how everything is sorted out in the end? Midwest Fiber Recycling, which handles recyclables for both of the twin cities, has a video that shows how.

Bike Buddies

January 14th, 2013 by

Let’s start preparing now for a better Illinois Wesleyan showing in this year’s Good to Go Commuter Challenge, May 11-17, 2013.

If you’re intimidated at the prospect of commuting by bike, consider registering for the Bike Buddies program. You’ll be paired with an experienced bike commuter to guide you.

Check out Good to Go online for other helpful resources to reduce the impact of your transportation habits year-round.

Recycling Cell Phones for Charities

November 16th, 2012 by

Normal Gadgets has teamed up with CDV/Neville House and Cell Phones For Soldiers to accept gently used and broken cell phones as donations. Normal Gadgets is asking Bloomington/Normal residents to help troops to call home and those assisted by the Neville House to have accessible cell phones for 911 emergency calls. By donating to Normal Gadgets, Twin City residents can provide safe accessible phones for those in need and for troops that want the precious connection to loved ones back home.

Residents can donate their phones to Normal Gadgets at:

2103 North Veterans Parkway
Suite 112
Bloomington, IL 61704 

“A 911 cell phone can mean the moments between life and death in a violent relationship. A soldier far away has a small sense of being home when in contact with family and friends as they are deployed away,” said Terry Ballantini from Normal Gadgets. “Understanding that Normal Gadgets is in a unique position in being able to clean and repair donated cell phones, allows us the compassion to fix them up and get them to those in need.”

Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials.

For more information, visit www.NormalGadgets.com 

About Cell Phones for Soldiers 

Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans. Based in Norwell, Mass., Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old. The organization has provided more than 168 million minutes of free talk time to deployed military members. Beginning in 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” will provide emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

About CDV/Neville House 

This program, which operates in McLean County only, is designed to create safe, nurturing families free from violence and control through free and confidential services. CDV assists and empowers families in crisis situations with individual and group counseling for adults and children and serves as a community resource by providing awareness, advocacy, and education on the issue of domestic violence. As the only emergency shelter in the area, we can empower residents as they strive to accomplish their goals through assistance in areas such as domestic violence education, life skills training, transportation, medical assistance and parenting support.

For more information, visit www.mccainc.org/programs/countering-domestic-violence.

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