Cutting down waste in your dorm

Waste in a university dorm setting is often out of sight, out of mind. Once you tote your garbage to the trash shoot or can, the impact of waste accumulating disappears into a dark abyss. Then waste is dumped into trash before taking a day long journey via rail to a landfill. The problems with this are apparent; transporting waste to dispose of it requires energy and fuel and landfills are unnecessarily filling up. The root of problem is the wastefulness of the modern american lifestyle. In New York City, it is easy to pick up a coffee cup in the morning, throw it out, get a to-go container for lunch, throw it out, get a plastic bag to hold a few drugstore items and throw it out. The day becomes a cycle of accepting these conveniences and accepting plastic excess waste. What can we do?!

1.) Buy less. Easy, encourages frugality, and cuts down demand.

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2.) Bring your own bottle, utensils, and bag.

byob313.) Compost whenever possible. (Compost in your dorm fridge by up-cycling a sealable container like a protein powder drum.)

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4.) Know the rules of recycling.

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Interesting resources:

  • Trashisfortossers.com
  • Zerowastehome.com
  • Watch: “No Impact Man”
  • Watch: “Plastic Planet”
Zero Waste Home: A family of four produces just a quart size jar of waste each year.
Zero Waste Home: A family of four produces just a quart size jar of waste each year.
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