University of Alabama’s Recycling Programs Grow

Recycling and waste reduction programs at the University of Alabama have grown more than ten times larger since 2006.

According to the University of Alabama’s Division of Financial Affairs, the campus wide recycling program processed and recycled more than 2.6 million pounds or 1316.36 tons of waste and materials from October 2010 to September 2011.  In 2006, the program recycled 255,078 total pounds.

The breakdown of items recycled in 2011 include:

941,540 (lbs) Sorted Office Paper

455,300 (lbs) Scrap Wood

432,932 (lbs) Scrap Metal

396,260 (lbs) Corrugated Paper

201,600 (lbs) Compost

91,955 (lbs) E-Cycle

71,620 (lbs)  Plastic

20,300 (lbs) Grease

2,700 gallons Used Motor Oil

224 (# of units) Used Vehicle Batteries

During the 2010/2011 school year the program saved 11,371 trees, 254,182 gallons of oil, 2,675,600 kilowatts of energy and 4,682,300 gallons of water.

The program is still on track to produce comparable numbers in 2012. During the first 6 months between Oct. 2011 to March 2012 – 1.2 million pounds of waste has been reused and recycled.

2006 Report

2011 Report

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