Wednesday's Earth Week tip: Rethink waste

Rethink waste.

We're recycling 44 percent of all the waste we produce at Johns Hopkins—a rate to be proud of—largely because of our composting and recycling programs.

But did you know that there are plenty of materials that can be "recycled" on a large scale but can't go in the recycling bins we have on our campuses?

Pens, energy bar wrappers, toothpaste tubes, and toiletry containers can all be turned into new materials through the TerraCycle Recycling Program. Several offices already collect these items and then send them to Homewood Recycling. If yours doesn't, consider initiating a collection area.

Connect with the JHU Office of Sustainability on Facebook and Instagram. On its website, check out its Earth Week Calendar of Events to join in the celebrations.