• February, 14 2017
Recycling at the College of Dentistry

The UIC College of Dentistry fully supports the Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy's recommendations to reduce UIC’s greenhouse gas emissions. You can pitch-in to help UIC accomplish its sustainability goals by following some very simple recycling practices. 

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So far, UIC has achieved a recycling rate of 43%!

UIC Climate Commitments - Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy (CCSE)

 

The UIC Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy has set a goal of reaching a 50% recycling rate within five years.

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Why is Recycling So Important?

Here are some of the biggest benefits from recycling:

  • For the economy:

    • Recycling is a $200 billion industry in the U.S.

    • Recycling generates 7-10 more jobs that landfills and waste to energy plants.  

    • Recycling properly creates valuable resources for U.S. manufacturing and can become a highly valuable export to countries such as China and India. 

  • For the environment:

    • Recycling conserves finite natural resources - this is critical as ​population continues to grow exponentially.

    • Recycling conserves fresh water up to 95% in the mining and manufacturing process for many materials.

    • Recycling prevents waste from going into oceans - it is proven, when there is a strong recycling culture, there is less litter and less waste going into ocean

    • ​​Protects forests which help to reduce CO2 emissions

    • Significantly reduces use of fossil fuel energy and reduces CO2 emissions

 

Get Involved!

You can get involved by volunteering with the UIC Office of Sustainability:

  1. Click here to sign up to be an Eco-Educator and your email will be added to the Eco-Educator email list.
  2. After you receive a request for help, reply to the email and fill out the Sign Up for Events form
  3. After you worked the event you signed up to volunteer for, submit your hours using the official form.The 3 Eco-Educators who volunteer the most hours between September 2016 – November 2016 with us will receive an Upcycled Banner Bag!

If you want to learn more about recycling and what we can do at the COD, come to the first meeting of the Sustainability Committee on

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Room 322

Or contact Robin Waner, RDH, MS
Director of Clinics
312-996-6411 

How Can I Contribute?

Everyone has a part to play in UIC’s successful recycling program.  You can help UIC accomplish it's sustainability goals by following some very simple recycling practices. Consider placing your trash in the appropriately labeled LANDFILL, GLASS/METAL, OR PLASTICS CONTAINERS that have been placed in common areas throughout the College.  Any item that does not fit the description of the labeled containers should be placed in the “Landfill” bin.  When putting empty cardboard boxes out for disposal, please flatten them out so that they don’t take up room in the hallways.  This allows Housekeeping staff to follow through with everyone’s efforts towards better recycling habits.  Also, look for more College of Dentistry recycling activities in the future.  We are looking to participate in a UIC designed program to recycle clear plastic barriers that are used in clinical and laboratory areas.

      What Can I Recycle at UIC?

      Many commRecycling_LifeCycle2015.pngon materials are recyclable by placing in the appropriate recycling bins distributed across campus. Check out the full list of accepted materials on the UIC Office of Sustainability Recycling page.

      • Paper
      • Cardboard
      • Glass, Metal, Plastic
      • Electronics
      • Batteries
      • Toner and Ink Cartridges
      • Pipette Tip Boxes
      • Chemical Bottles
      • Office Furniture
      • Plastic Bags and Film
      • Writing Utensils

       

       

       

       

      Sustainability and Recycling at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

      The UIC Office of Sustainability coordinates all campus recycling activities, including supplying recycling containers, scheduling collections, and providing education for the campus community as to resource conservation and waste reduction activities.

      For information about recycling at UIC:

      Address: Room 112 PSB (M/C 996), 1140 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 996-2517 -- e-Mail: Recycling@uic.edu

       

       

         

        Recycling Tips from the UIC Office of Sustainability

         

         

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