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Frequently Asked Questions

What do we recycle?
Stony Brook has been recycling paper and cardboard since 1987. We have been recycling bottles and cans since 1992. We also recycle motor oil, printer cartridges, scrap metal, pallets, lumber, batteries, and wood debris. Stony Brook has also diverted up to 6,000 lbs. per month of clothing to Goodwill.
What are the "4 R's" and what do they mean?
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and RethinkThe 4 R's stand for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rethink. Reduce is meant to encourage the reduction in natural resource and energy consumption and in excess waste. Reuse is meant to bolster people's use of reusable items instead of disposable ones. Recycle includes glass, aluminum, plastics, lumber, batteries, paper, metal, yard waste, oil, and food waste that is re-matriculated and made into something else that is usable. Rethink encompasses all of these.
How much does Stony Brook recycle?
Here is a table of what Stony Brook has been recycling over the past few years: Tons annually deferred.
What can I do to help?
Recycling ClustersUse the 4 R's! Look around you for the recycling clusters around campus and recycle your drink bottles and cans wherever you can.
Walk to class instead of driving or taking the bus. You could also invest in a bicycle if you have a commute shorter than 5 miles.
Buy recycled products more often or consider purchasing products in bulk. You could also share magazine subscriptions with a friend, or get your newspaper and mail over the computer rather than printed on paper from trees.

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