Recycling

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!

On-campus Recycling Guide.

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

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"