At Penn State, we already divert 60 percent of our waste from our landfill. These 9,853 tons are composted or recycled into new, useful products which saves energy, water, and reduces pollution. Every aluminum can that we recycle saves enough electricity to power a television for 3 hours.

We're at 60 percent now, but with your help, we can reach 85 percent. The first step is to find out what information you need to be a pro-recycler. Answer the following questions and find out where you need some help to be on your way. You will find the answers at the end.

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* 1. How knowledgeable do you feel about what you can recycle at Penn State?

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* 2. Each building has a few waste sorting stations with 7 bins. The bins are labelled as follows: Organic Waste/Compost, Trash (Landfill), Mixed Paper & Newspaper, Metal, Miscellaneous Plastic, Glass, Plastic (bottles and film). Please match the waste below with the appropriate bin?

  Compost Trash Paper/Newsp. Metal Misc. Plastic Glass Plastic bottles/Film
Chicken Leg
Chip bag
Pencil stub
Plastic grocery bag
Styrofoam carryout container
Empty Ginger Ale can
Clean zip lock bag
Plastic Pepsi bottle
Soup can
Candy bar wrapper
Styrofoam coffee cup
Clean syran wrap
Phone book
Pizza box
Collegian
Softback book

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* 3. What should you do if you have a cardboard box that you want to discard?

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* 4. Which of the following should NOT be placed in the compost bin? (You may choose more than one answer)

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* 5. As part of the roll-out of office composting, Penn Staters are now able to recycle a variety of plastics. Each sorting station has two bins for plastic. Waste should be sorted by shape. Plastic containers that have a smaller neck than base and plastic that is stretchy like a plastic bag or bubble wrap should be placed in the bin labelled Plastic Bottles and Film. Plastic containers that have a base narrower than the neck, such as a yogurt container, should be put in the bin labelled Miscellaneous plastics. Test yourself by assigning the products below to the correct bin.

  Plastic Bottles Miscellaneous Plastic
Milk jug
Bubble wrap
yogurt cup (wiped clean)
Frozen meal container
Tupperware food storage container
Hard water bottle
Plastic forks
Solo plastic cups
Ink pens, highlighters and markers
Margarine Tub
Plastic coffee stirrers
Butter tub lid

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