Environmental Health and Safety


To find out how to recycle on campus, follow this guide.

Did you know that Hudson Valley Community College generates about 102 cubic yards of solid waste every week and that it costs about $48,000 a year for landfill disposal?

Each year, the college recycled 70 tons of paper – that saves the planet 287,000 kilowatts of energy, 21 cubic yards of landfill space and more than 1,100 trees!

Please send questions or suggestions about recycling on campus to recycle@hvcc.edu
Please support our efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle!

Why Recycle?

  • It saves energy
  • It saves resources
  • It reduces pollution and greenhouse gases
  • It reduces the need for landfills and incinerators
  • It creates jobs
  • It saves money

Practice the 3 R’s for Better Waste Management:

  1. Reduce
  2. Reuse
  3. Recycle

Tips to Reduce Waste:

  • Avoid disposable products - Use coffee mugs, cloth napkins, cloth grocery bags, rechargeable batteries
  • Buy products with less wrapping
  • Buy recycled products and products in bulk

If You Generate Waste, Find a Way to Reuse it:

  • Refill your water bottle
  • Donate magazines, books, clothing
  • Purchase refillable pens/pencils
  • Try repairing an item before tossing or donate (Goodwill takes small appliances and electronics for repair or parts)

When You Can’t Reduce or Reuse – then Recycle1:

  • For every ton of paper recycled, we save...
    • 2 barrels of oil;
    • 7,000 gallons of water;
    • 3 cubic yards of landfill space;
    • 4,100 kilowatt hours of energy;
    • 17 trees
  • Aluminum cans…
    • Recycling aluminum uses less than 5 percent of the energy used to make the original product
    • Recycling one aluminum beverage can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.
  • Plastic…
    • Producing new plastic from recycled material uses only two-thirds of the energy required to manufacture it from virgin raw materials.
    • Five 2-liter recycled PET bottles produce enough fiberfill to make a ski jacket; 36 recycled bottles can make 1 square yard of carpet
  • Glass…
    • Producing glass from virgin materials requires 30 percent more energy than producing it from crushed, used glass.
    • Recycling 1 ton of glass saves the equivalent of 10 gallons of oil.

Outside Resources

For more information and tips on recycling, visit:

1Data on benefits of recycling taken from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Environmental Benefits of Recycle on the Go"