Compost, recycling, trash? Learn how to solve the mystery of what goes where

Have you ever had that moment standing dumbfounded in front of different-colored waste bins, trying to decide where exactly to toss out your item? The good news is that a little simple education can go a long way in understanding how to sort among compost, recycling, and trash.

The Johns Hopkins University Office of Sustainability will be helping out next week through a series of events that includes Waste Sorting 101 workshops open to staff, faculty, and students across all Hopkins campuses.

The trainings not only will help clear up confusion but also will share insight on where waste goes when it leaves our campuses, and how to reduce the environmental and social impact of what we consume and discard. See below for exact locations and times for these events, which take place April 17 to 21 as part of Earth Week. Most are 30- or 60-minute trainings; APL and Nursing will have information available at tables staffed by the offices of Sustainability and Recycling.

In another step to guide everyone through the process, the Sustainability Office recently rolled out new signs with clear visuals and labels to be displayed on or near waste bins. If they're not on your campus already, look out for them within the next few months.

During the last fiscal year, the university recycled and composted 43 percent of its waste, and looks poised to do even better in 2017. Through efforts like these, Johns Hopkins' commitment to reducing the waste that goes into polluting incinerators or landfills is clear. (More information on Johns Hopkins' efforts to reduce waste is available here.) What part will you play?

Calendar for waste workshops

Applied Physics Laboratory: April 24, 8-11 a.m., MP6, Montpelier Road

Bloomberg School of Public Health: April 17, 12:30-1 p.m., Gallery (near Wall of Wonder)

Carey Business School: April 17, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Room 203

Homewood: April 20, noon-12:45 p.m., 315 Hodson (Facebook event page here) and April 21, noon-12:45 p.m., 311 Hodson (Facebook event page here); RSVPs appreciated

Homewood Residential Life: April 17, 4-4:30 p.m., AMR I Multipurpose Room and April 20, 6-6:30 p.m., Charles Commons Lobby

Johns Hopkins at Eastern: April 17, 1-2 p.m., Room C150 (RSVPs to hstout1@jhu.edu appreciated)

Johns Hopkins at Keswick: April 18, 12:15-12:45 p.m., Classrooms A and B

Johns Hopkins at Mount Washington: April 18, 2-2:30 p.m., Conference Center

Montgomery County Campus: April 18, 12:15-12:45 p.m., Cafeteria

Peabody Institute: April 18, 1-1:30 p.m. and 3-3:30 p.m., Bank of America Lounge

School of Education: April 18, noon-1 p.m., Room 118—bring your lunch (RSVP to jeremy@jhu.edu appreciated)

School of Medicine: April 18, 9-10 a.m. and 2-3 p.m., Darner Site Visit Room (Ross G007); RSVPs appreciated

School of Nursing: April 18, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Jay's Café

Washington DC Center: April 18, noon-12:30 p.m., SAIS Nitze Building, Room 517

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