Recycling Coordination

Cedarville University is continuing its recycling program in many ways. We started very humbly by recycling only plastics, paper, cardboard and aluminum cans. We have since begun to accept many other objects such as light bulbs, batteries, ink cartridges and any sort of electronic waste. Some of the newer pieces are the dorm refrigerators as well as opening our construction projects to recycling metals and wood pallets.

Cedarville University's recycling department, which is managed within the Physical Plant, is responsible for recycling at most academic and athletic events on campus. We employ a full-time Recycling Coordinator whose job it is to administer all components of the recycling program as well as facilitate the removal of recyclable material. The Recycling Coordinator can be reached by email or by phone at 937-532-5485. We look forward to hearing from anyone with questions regarding our program, or from anyone with an interest in recycling and the environment. Also, if you would like to offer helpful suggestions on how to improve our current program, please contact us.

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Mission Statement

We believe that God is our Creator, and the world we live in is His. Therefore, our mission is to be good stewards of the environment, to conserve our resources, and to reduce cost by recycling.

Isaac Kurtz, Campus Recycling Coordinator

Isaac has been serving the University since August of 2008. As Recycling Coordinator he hopes to bring a new direction in the way the University both thinks and deals with all the waste it generates. This includes new and improved ways to collect, process, and dispose of our campus recycling commodities, as well as ways to help reduce the amount of general waste on campus. It is everyone's combined effort that will fulfill our mission as a University to become better stewards of God's earth and the creation around us.

Prior to coming to Cedarville University, Isaac served in the Israeli Air-Force for three years after getting an associate’s degree in electronics. He lived in Israel for 16 years, moved to the United States in the fall of 2006 to become a student at Cedarville, and has been working in the Physical Plant ever since his arrival.

Administrative Buildings

  • Alford Auditorium
  • Callan Athletic Center and Doden Field House
  • Ambassador Hall
  • Apple Tech. Resource Center
  • Center for Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Collins Hall
  • Dixon Ministry Center
  • Engineer/Nurse/Science Center
  • Founders Hall
  • Health Science Center
  • Human Resource and Campus Safety Center
  • Library
  • Milner Business Administrative Building
  • Patterson Hall
  • Service Center
  • Stevens Student Center
  • Tyler Digital Communication Center
  • Williams Hall
  • Mixed office paper
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard (not waxed covered)
  • Aluminim cans
  • All plastics
  • Scrap metal* (aluminum, steel, stainless steel, copper, etc.)
  • Dry cell batteries (any size, example: AA, D, 9v, 12v)
  • Any type of electronics*
  • Fluorescent light bulbs* (not broken)
  • Construction and demolition debris (only from campus projects)
  • Carpet (only from campus projects)

*Please contact us for pick up or any special needs.

Offices and workstations will have a small blue container for the convenient disposal of recycling. For a list of items accepted see sticker on side of the container, or refer to the previous section.
These units are in the offices and in every computer lab.
If you do not have a sticker on your bin, contact us and we will send you one via campus mail.

Some areas have a larger dumpster for paper only

PLEASE USE THE CONTAINERS PROPERLY. DO NOT PUT TRASH INTO THE RECYCLING CONTAINERS.

We have distributed lots of recycling containers for your convenience all over campus, but if you know of a good spot which needs one, or if you need a container for your work area, let us know by contacting us at isaackurtz@cedarville.edu or at (937) 532-5485.

If you have a lot of recyclable material, say due to an office cleanup, you can contact us at isaackurtz@cedarville.edu or at (937) 532-5485, and we can provide you with additional containers and arrange a special pickup for you. Also, if you, your department, or your organization want to coordinate a special recycling event, such as a recycling drive, a clean out your office day, or something similar, contact us and we will be happy to help you by providing collection units, and special pickup arrangements.

Most types of paper are recyclable. Paper can be placed in the small individual office or workstation recycling containers, or in the larger containers found in many common areas, hallways, or lobbies. Here is a list of what can and cannot go into a paper only recycling container.

Not Acceptable

  • Wet waste
  • Plastic or Styrofoam
  • Tissue paper or paper towels
  • Carbon paper
  • Glass
  • Wood
  • Acetate or plastic sheets
  • Tyvek (overnight envelopes)
  • Plastic binding rings
  • 3 ring binders
  • Photographs

Acceptable

  • White paper and colored paper
  • Notebook paper
  • Copier paper
  • Fax paper
  • Laser printed paper
  • Non-glossy pamphlets and flyers
  • Soft cover books
  • Computer printout paper
  • Carbonless NCR paper
  • Paper or manila folders
  • Magazines
  • Paper envelopes without windows
  • Adding machine tapes
  • Writing tablet paper

We recycle aluminum beverage cans and plastic containers. These should be placed in the containers marked “Recycling” found in many common areas, hallways, or lobbies. Please make sure all liquids are empty first. Liquids may contaminate the entire batch of recycling within the container.

We currently accept all types of plastics, as long as they are clean of any food residue.

Cardboard boxes can be placed next to the recycling containers. Please crush cardboard boxes, if possible. Most types of cardboard are acceptable, but any cardboard treated with a wax or plastic coating is not accepted and should be disposed of as trash. If you have a large number of boxes or if you have some boxes that are very heavy, arrange for your custodian to pick them up, or contact us at isaackurtz@cedarville.edu or at (937) 532-5485. Packing material is currently not recycled by the University. However, there are options for recycling this material through local mailing services.

*Residence hall cardboard can be crushed and left in laundry room for pick-up on Wednesday.

Drop off your old NiCad batteries at the Service Center, or when you have enough, contact our department, and we will arrange to have them picked up at your on campus location. Wet cell batteries and other materials such as scrap metal, computers, and fluorescent tubes can be recycled also, but they require special arrangements for pickup. You can do this by contacting the department at isaackurtz@cedarville.edu, or by calling 937-532-5485. If necessary we can deliver a special bin for batteries and E-waste.

Electronic waste is unwanted computers, monitors, televisions, audio equipment, printers, laptops, fax machines, telephones, and other electronic equipment.

When electronic equipment breaks or becomes obsolete, it must be properly disposed or recycled. This electronic equipment may contain heavy metals and other materials that can become hazardous to human health and the environment, including:

  • Lead: Computer monitors and televisions contain a cathode ray tube (CRT). CRTs contain leaded glass and are the largest source of lead, a poisonous metal, in municipal waste.
  • Mercury: Some electronic equipment contains recoverable quantities of mercury, another poisonous metal. • Cadmium: Rechargeable nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries are the largest source of cadmium in municipal waste.
  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) currently classifies discarded electronic equipment that contains these hazardous materials as characteristic hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Cedarville collects and disposes of all electronic waste using an outside company called “Special Waste Systems” in accordance with EPA requirements. For more information regarding our disposal company, go to Special Waste Systems, Inc., or contact our recycling department at isaackurtz@cedarville.edu or 937-532-5485.

When you place your recyclables into the proper containers, you have made the first step in closing the loop. Recyclable materials are collected by our University custodians and are stored for collection at designated buildings on campus. Every day our department picks up this material and take it to our collection facility where is then sorted. After the sorting process each commodity is stored in a trailer. From there once a month it is all sold to Rumpke to be processed and eventually turned back into raw materials; and then made into products that we can purchase again, and hopefully, recycle again, thus closing the loop.

We hear about environmental problems almost daily. Most, such as global warming, waste disposal, deforestation, species endangerment, water pollution, and air pollution, seem so large and complex that we as individuals feel as if we can do nothing about them. At the very least, these problems seem to require group or government intervention. But, there are some things that we as individuals can control. By reducing our waste, and by recycling, every person can make an effective difference. We can make that difference each and every day.

Recycling is an environmentally friendly activity which helps to reduce waste disposal requirements and which promotes the goal of resource sustainability. Sustainability provides for our current resource needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations. Recycling also protects natural resources and it reduces environmental damage caused by mining, logging, and the processing of raw materials. Recycling saves energy because processing recyclable materials generally consumes less energy than the collection, transportation, and processing of raw materials does. Recycling protects our environment because it reduces the demand on landfill space, and it helps to keep our air cleaner. Plus, recycling is good for the economy. Recyclable materials are essentially a national resource. Resources are wealth; wealth creates business; and business, in turn, creates jobs, stimulates the economy, and increases tax revenues.

Our finite reserves of natural resources are being depleted rapidly, particularly with the increasing use of disposable products and packaging. In 2000, U.S. residents, businesses, and institutions produced nearly 232 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste. This is nearly 1 ton of waste per person per year, or approximately 4.5 pounds per person per day, and is up from the 1960 figure of 2.7 pounds per person per day. This rate of use and disposal takes a particularly heavy toll on irreplaceable natural resources such as minerals and petroleum. Reprocessing used materials to make new products and packaging reduces the consumption of natural resources. For instance, every ton of recycled steel saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,000 pounds of coal, and 40 pounds of limestone. Every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 7000 gallons of water, 22.5 kilowatt hours of electricity, and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. Plastics production also requires significant quantities of resources, primarily fossil fuels, both as a raw material and as a fuel to provide energy for manufacturing processes. It is estimated that 4% of the world's annual oil production is used as a feedstock for plastics production and an additional 3-4% during manufacture.

The energy required to manufacture paper, plastics, glass, and metal from recycled materials is significantly less than the energy required to produce them from virgin materials. Additionally, providing recycled materials to industry (including collection, processing and transportation) typically uses less energy than supplying virgin materials to industry (including extraction, refinement, transportation and processing).

Processing raw materials makes heavy demands on energy resources. About 3% of the energy consumption in the U.S. is used for producing packaging alone. Reprocessing used materials reduces energy needs for mining, refining, and many manufacturing processes. Recycling paper cuts the energy required to manufacture paper from virgin pulp in half. Every pound of steel recycled saves enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for over 24 hours. Recycling used aluminum cans requires only about five percent of the energy needed to produce aluminum from bauxite. Recycling a ton of glass saves the equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil. Recycling just one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for roughly 4 hours.

Manufacturing goods from recycled materials typically requires less energy than producing goods from raw or virgin materials. When people reuse goods, or when products are made with fewer raw materials, less energy is needed to extract, transport, and process raw materials, and less energy is required to manufacture products. When energy demand decreases, fewer fossil fuels are burned and less carbon dioxide and other pollutants are emitted into the atmosphere. Recycling keeps materials out of landfills where they can introduce contaminants into groundwater systems. Recycling and waste prevention divert materials from incinerators which reduces greenhouse gas emissions, ash, and other pollutants caused by waste combustion. Recycling, composting, and diverting organic wastes from landfills reduce the methane that would be released if these materials decomposed in a landfill. Recycling also increases the storage of carbon in forests. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in wood in a process called carbon sequestration. Recycling paper products and waste prevention allow more trees to remain standing in the forest where they can continue to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

According to a 1999 study by the National Recycling Coalition, the recycling and reuse industry consists of approximately 56,000 establishments that employ over 1.1 million people, generate an annual payroll of nearly $37 billion, and gross over $236 billion in annual revenues. This represents a significant force in the U.S. economy and makes a vital contribution to job creation and economic development. In Pennsylvania alone, the Department of Environmental Protection estimates that the recycling industry employs over 81,000 people, generates an annual payroll of $2.9 billion, and $18.4 billion in annual revenues. Recycling is a growth industry with many kinds of business opportunities, from waste management, to manufacturing, to the invention of new technologies. New businesses will create more jobs, produce more income, and improve our economy. Also, manufacturers who produce consumer goods and packaging with recycled content are able to reduce their needs for raw materials and energy. They need less equipment, and require fewer power plants, refineries, and processing plants. They rely less on foreign imports such as petroleum. By reducing pollution risks, manufacturers reduce the need for pollution controls. Overall, recycling saves money for both manufacturers and their customers.

Recycled paper is used to make other paper products. It is difficult to tell the difference between paper made from recycled material and paper made from virgin pulp. In fact, almost all paper has some recycled content to it. Despite the fact that there is a strong market for it, paper is the item most frequently encountered in municipal landfills. Actually, paper accounts for more than 40 percent of a landfill's contents. This proportion has held steady for decades and in some landfills it has actually risen. Newspapers alone can take up as much as 13 percent of the space in US landfills.

Some of the products made from recycled paper are:

  • Office paper
  • Notebook paper
  • Newspapers
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towels

Aluminum can recycling began in 1968 and has become a billion dollar industry and one of the world’s most successful environmental enterprises. Aluminum can recycling saves 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum from bauxite ore, the primary source of raw aluminum. This means it takes considerably less energy to recycle aluminum than to extract it from the earth and process it to make a can. In addition to making more raw aluminum, three-quarters of the aluminum cans that are recycled go into making more aluminum cans. Truly recyclable, the aluminum can returns to the grocer's shelf in as little as 90 days after collection, re-melting, rolling, manufacturing and distribution. This means you could conceivably buy the same recycled can every 13 weeks or 4 times a year.

Plastic products make up about 11% of the nation's waste stream by weight, but make up about 24% by volume. Packaging and containers comprise an estimated 56% of all plastics waste. Three-quarters of that comes from households. Roughly 50% of all litter is plastic. Various estimates indicate that only around 5% of total plastic waste is currently being recycled. This is unfortunate because plastic is highly reusable and can be made into a wide variety of products.

Some of the products made from recycled plastic are:

  • Recycled plastic lumber
  • Composite roofing
  • Insulation
  • Carpet
  • Plastic containers
  • Traffic cones
  • Flooring and window frames
  • Building insulation board
  • Fencing and garden furniture
  • Fiber filling for jackets and sleeping bags
  • Plastic shopping and trash bags
  • Every year more than 900 million trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.
  • Americans use more than 67 million tons of paper per year, or about 580 pounds per person.
  • In 1993, Americans recycled 59.5 billion aluminum cans, 3 billion more than in 1991, and raised the national aluminum can recycling rate to 2 out of every 3 cans. Aluminum can recycling saves 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum from bauxite ore. Energy savings in 1993 alone were enough to light a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years.
  • If Americans recycled all the aluminum they throw away it would be enough aluminum to build the entire consumer airline fleet four times every year.
  • Glass never wears out...it can be recycled forever. Over 41 billion glass containers are made each year. Every day Americans recycle about 13 million glass bottles and jars.
  • According to the Beverage Marketing Corp, the average American consumed 1.6 gallons of bottled water in 1976. In 2006 that number jumped to 28.3 gallons.
  • Today, 80 percent of Americans have access to a plastics recycling program.
  • More than 2.3 billion pounds of plastic bottles were recycled in 2007. Although the amount of plastic bottles recycled in the U.S. has grown every year since 1990, the actual recycling rate remains steady at around 24 percent.
  • In 2007, more than 325 million pounds of wide-mouth plastic containers were recovered for recycling. (This included deli containers, yogurt cups, etc.)
  • In recent years, the number of U.S. plastics recycling business has nearly tripled. More than 1,600 businesses are involved in recycling post-consumer plastics.
  • Plastics in the U.S. are made primarily (70 percent) from domestic natural gas.
  • Plastic bags and product wraps (known collectively as “plastic film”) are commonly recycled at the many collection programs offered through major grocery stores.
  • Recycling one ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • During Keep America Beautiful’s 2008 Great American Cleanup, volunteers recovered and recycled 189,000,000 PET (plastic) bottles that had been littered along highways, waterways and parks.

More interesting recycling facts can be found in links provided:

Other Good Sites

eco•mental - Shop your conscience, green your brain with the latest in energy saving and environmentally-friendly products. Things like dinnerware, fare trade products and local arts.

257 Xenia Avenue
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Phone: 937-767-202

This Old House - Antiques, Furniture from salvaged architectural pieces, gifts and many other recycled products

6295 Springfield-Xenia Rd. (Rt. 68)
Springfield, OH 45502
Phone: 937-475-3240

*Unfortunately that is all we have found so far. Please help us add to the list by contacting our department at isaackurtz@cedarville.edu