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March 27, 2009
Vol. 50 No. 19

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Recycling provides new opportunities

Most people know what you can and cannot recycle. Cardboard, plastics, cans and paper can all be used again to make new products. But WQSU and TerraCycle are working to change that.

Normally potato chip bags and other foil products cannot be recycled. TerraCycle has developed a new way to recycle these products so that they won't keep piling up in our already overflowing landfills. The foil-lined wrappers are being used to make purses, pencil cases and even lunch boxes.

WQSU has placed special TerraCycle bins near Benny's, the Info Desk and the WQSU station office where these wrappers can be disposed off.

TerraCycle has even developed a way to recycle cell phones. With all the chemicals in cell phones and cell phone batteries, it can be harmful to the environment and nearby population if these chemicals seep into the groundwater and soil. Mercury, potassium hydroxide, lead and sulfuric acid are just some of the chemicals present in cell phone batteries.

You can drop off your old cell phones in the WQSU office in the lower level of the Degenstein Campus Center or send them through campus mail. Not only will you help reduce waste, but you will also be helping out your campus radio station. With every cell phone collected, WQSU will receive a small donation from TerraCycle.

I have always been into recycling. I used to live on Staten Island and every day on my way to school, my family would have to drive past the dump. With the swarms of seagulls circling overhead and the foul smell, it didn't leave a very good impression in my mind. My parents stressed the importance of recycling to me, always getting on my case whenever I threw a Gatorade bottle into the trash can.

With all of the current climate issues and dangers, can it really hurt to take a little extra time to collect all your empty candy wrappers and drop them off in one of the TerraCycle bins?

On the bright side, Susquehanna is currently involved in Recyclemania. There is only about one week left and Susquehanna is ranked 91 out of 151 competing schools. The university currently produces 43.91 pounds of waste per person. While you still have time, I encourage you to recycle more so Susquehanna can get a better ranking and increase recycling on campus.

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