To further conserve our natural resources, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce cost of trash hauling, Physical Plant Operations began exploring single-stream recycling and is now ready to move forward with the program. While, William Paterson has had a recycling program for several years that has expanded from paper and cardboard to bottles and then to computers and other electronics, we still were not taking advantage of all available recycling opportunities.

With single stream recycling, virtually any grade and volume of recyclable paper, plastic, glass and metal are able to be processed. Single stream recycling allows all recyclables – such as fiber (newspaper, magazines, office paper, phone books, flattened cardboard, junk mail, brown paper bags, paper cardboard and juice containers) and non-fiber (plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminum cans, aluminum foil and pie tins, and tin and steel cans) to be placed into a single container for collection. For an informative video on single stream recycling, click link below.

With the ease of single stream recycling, improved employee and student participation will definitely increase the average tons collected while helping lower overall trash collection costs as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With your participation, we are sure that single stream recycling will be a success and it will dramatically increase the amount of recyclables. LET US MAKE OUR EARTH A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.

Did you know?

  ¨     Recycling approximately 1 ton of newspapers saves 17 trees; 6,953 gallons of water and 463 gallons of oil, 587 pounds of   air pollution, 3.06 cubic yard of landfill space and 4077 kilowatt hours of energy.

¨     Recycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to run a laptop computer for four hours.

¨     U.S. throws away 2.5 million plastic bottles an hour.

¨     An aluminum can (soda can) takes 200 – 500 years to degrade in a landfill; a plastic jug – 1 million years


WPU Recycling