October is Campus Sustainability Month. Members of the JHU community are encouraged to examine and reduce their waste at home and at work this month. The Office of Sustainability is here to guide you with some helpful tips.
Johns Hopkins recycles 44 percent of all the waste we produce, a rate to be proud of, largely owing to the composting and recycling programs on campus. (See the Waste page of the Sustainability website). But did you know that there are plenty of materials that are recyclable but not in a traditional recycling bin? Pens, markers, energy bar wrappers, toothpaste tubes, floss containers, makeup packaging, toiletry containers, and more can all be turned into new materials through the TerraCycle Recycling Program.
How can you participate? At Homewood, collect items in your own office and then request a pickup by Homewood Recycling when your bin is full or drop off in most residence halls. At the School of Public Health, drop off your TerraCycle items in centrally located bins in the 1st floor Student Accounts area of the Wolfe Street Building. At Keswick and Eastern, bins are also centrally located. Off campus, Mom's Organic Market offers a drop-off area.
BONUS: Are you interested in setting up a TerraCycle bin in your Homewood office? We're making it easy for you next week, Oct. 24-28. Pick up a FREE TerraCycle bin and pre-printed sign between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Wyman Park Building 3 to take back to your office.
Join the Office of Sustainability, student groups, Student Leadership & Involvement, and other partners in celebrating Campus Sustainability Month in October. Events, celebrations, and important sustainability initiatives will take place across the university. See the Sustainability Office website and Facebook page for full event details.