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NIEHS Recycled 75 Percent of Waste Stream Last Year

By NIEHS
April 2005

NIEHS successfully diverted 75 percent of its waste stream into recycling in the past year, said Dick Sloane, resource recovery expert for NIEHS. That is a total of 848,048 pounds of paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, pallets, metal and other recyclable material. Animal bedding is recycled into compost that is used on campus flower beds. Here are totals for the year, in pounds:

  • White paper - 58, 430
  • Other paper - 134.646
  • Cardboard - 70, 296
  • Glass - 7,296
  • Plastics - 15,915
  • Animal boxes - 9,745
  • Disposable clothing from the animal area - 10, 905
  • Wooden pallets -7,290
  • Metal - 74,960
  • Construction and demolition waste -238,834
  • Animal bedding - 209,959

In addition, NIEHS recycled the pavement it replaced during that time period, adding another 2.9 million pounds to the total.



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