keeping trash out of landfills and saving resources
They say "what goes around comes around," and this truth is visible everywhere, but especially in the use of natural resources. Every material that we use ends up somewhere, and too often that place is a landfill. Recycling helps to end this wasteful pattern and get back what people normally throw away.
Every manufactured product comes from somewhere. Some of these resources (like paper and other wood products) are called renewable resources, because their sources can be easily replaced. Others, called non-renewable resources, are more scarce and cannot be replaced so easily. These include petroleum products, such as gasoline and plastic. (Yes, plastic comes from oil.) Using these non-renewable resources excessively and inefficiently is like burning a candle all the time; one day, you'll be left in the dark.
Fortunately, recycling can make a big difference. When you recycle that empty soda bottle or stack of notebook paper, it gets turned into the same product or a similar product once again instead of wasting away in a landfill and contaminating land and water for generations to come. This means that no more of the material it's made from (plastic, glass, paper, etc.) is used, leaving more for other products later. It also means that a huge amount of energy is saved because no more trees are cut down, no oil is refined, and no metal is mined from the ground. That way, there is more energy for other things like heating and cooling your home or running your computer.
If you're still not convinced, check out these statistics, courtesy of Oberlin College in Ohio:
If you're like most other Comets, you probably drink a lot of beverages from disposable plastic and aluminum containers. The next time you go to toss your bottle or can into a trash can, look around for one of the new recycling bins. They're in nearly every building and sometimes on multiple floors. Most are bright blue or red and clearly marked. Paper bins are also available in most buildings, especially near offices and labs. If you can think of a place that should have recycling and doesn't send us an email (SEAatUTD@gmail.com) or call UTD Facilities Management at 972-883-2111.
University Village and Waterview Park
If you live in one of the many apartments at UTD, you're in luck (at least for recycling). You can put all your recyclables (including paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass) in one container and drop it off at one of the bins located throughout the apartments. There are currently bins in Phases I, II, III, IV, and VIII, as well as a compactor with easy access near Phase IX on Rutford Dr. There are two bins for each building in Phase VIII in the breezeways on the ground floor. If you think you'd be the only one recycling, think again. When the program started in April 2007, the bins were emptied once a week. Less than a month later, they were used so much that they had to be emptied every day!
Residential Recycling in North Texas
If you live in a more traditional type of home in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, chances are that your city recycles. Near UTD, the cities of Dallas, Richardson, Plano, and Allen all have simple and easy recycling programs for residents. Most will furnish you with a rolling cart or blue bag to put out with your trash. For more information, visit your city's web page or contact us. If you live somewhere near UTD that doesn't have recycling, let us know, and we'll do what we can.
This page last updated March 16th, 2009This website is published by Students for Environmental Awareness, a registered student organization. It is not an official publication of The University of Texas at Dallas and does not represent the view of the university or its officers.