Styrofoam Recycling

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Year: 2012

Grant Amount: $7,200

Polystyrene in landfills does not break down, and is harmful to produce and dispose of. The Green Fee funded a Styrofoam recycling project with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry that collects Styrofoam once a month outside of Welch, which will help us understand the amount of Styrofoam we use as a university.

Grant funds supported three students over 2012-2014 to oversee the recycling collection and reach out to labs, and fuel and transportation costs to get the material to a recycler. UT typically recycles over 235 lbs of Styrofoam per month.

At the end of the 2012-2013 year, the unused project funds rolled over to the Office of Sustainability, which continued the program in 2013-2014. The Styrofoam collection was institutionalized by Facilities Services and continues to date.

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