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Campus recycling options expanded

MIT's effort to make recycling convenient for the community has expanded over the summer.

Permanent containers for newspaper and commingled recyclables (plastic #1 and #2, glass and metal containers) are now in place in the first-floor lobbies of the following buildings: 9, 13, 14, 16, 18, 26, 54, 56, 66, E17, E18, E19, E23 and E25. A container for newspaper recycling was also delivered to Building E15.

Newspapers can be placed singly, in bundles tied with twine, or in a paper bag (no plastic bags). Commingled recyclables should be rinsed and placed individually (no plastic bags).

At current prices, every ton of material recycled saves MIT $80. The Institute normally generates an average of 280 tons of trash and recycles 20 tons each month. All money saved from recycling goes into expanding the recycling program. In addition, every ton of newspaper recycled saves 17 trees and 3 cubic feet of landfill space, according to Jennifer Combs, recycling coordinator.

Questions, comments or suggestions about recycling should be directed to

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 13, 1995.

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