Recyling & Repurposing
Deconstruction and Construction Waste
- What: The amount of trash created when we removed one building and constructed another was reduced by over 80%. This was done by separating recyclable materials, such as scraps of steel, brick, and wood, from non-recyclables.
- Why: By recycling building materials, we kept 513 tons of material out of the landfill. Reusing building materials also means fewer new materials need to be made, which saves energy.
- Be Green At Home: Your sack lunch is a building project. Can you build a lunch that creates very little trash? Try reusable containers instead of paper or plastic bags and choose foods with no packaging, like oranges.
Recycled Building Materials
- What: 20% of the material used in this building project is recycled, including the steel in the stairs behind you, the fly ash in the concrete at your feet, the rubber flooring on the stair landings, aluminum window frames, and ceiling tiles.
- Why: Making recycled products uses less energy than new products and does less damage to the environment because fewer raw materials are used.
- Be Green At Home: Many inventions happen when people are looking for ways to reuse items. Can you reuse items to make an invention that solves a problem or helps you do a job?
Center-Wide Recycling System
- What: We recycle mixed paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum as part of our recycling system. We have bins throughout the center to sort these materials and then take them to the recycling center.
- Why: It takes less energy to recycle materials than to make materials brand new. Recycling also reduces the amount of trash sent to a landfill and reduces the energy used to operate landfills.
- Be Green At Home: Most trash services offer curb-side recycling. You can also create your own recycle bins and take recyclables to the recycling center. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your TV for 3 hours!