January 12th, 2015 by

Did the holiday gift-giving season leave you with a surplus of gadgets? Check out local options for electronics recycling from the Ecology Action Center, or consider the McLean County Freecycle online exchange so others can reclaim your device.

Clean Water

December 15th, 2014 by

Illinois Wesleyan students in the Environmental Studies course, War on Cancer: Does Environment Matter? prepared an informational video, War on Cancer: Drink Up, Drink Safe, with tips for fellow students.

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.

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