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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.