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I know where the recycling center is in my residence hall.

Each hall has a recycling center for you to take out paper, plastic, metal, glass and cardboard. For more information on where to locate your recycling center talk to your RA or Hall Coordinator.


I have read the recycling information that is available in my hall. If this information is not available, I have contacted a RHA sustainability representative or a member of the Residence Life staff to get this information.

I have seen the fliers posted around my residence hall and information posted on the Housing webpage. If I cannot find this information I have talked to my RA, Hall Coordinator or Sustainability Rep.


I recycle paper, plastic, metal and glass whenever possible.

Each room is equipped with a recycling bin to make it easier to recycle while here at Case. Utilize the recycling bin to collect mixed recyclables and take them to the nearest recycling center in your building for sorting. Make sure you leave the recycling bin so the next residents can continue to be sustainable.

What can be recycled:

Mixed Paper Plastic, Metal, Glass Corrugated Cardboard
  • White and Colored Paper
  • Notebook Paper
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail and envelopes
  • Post It® Notes
  • Manila folders and page binder dividers
  • Aluminum cans and steel food cans
  • #1 - 7 plastic jugs and bottles
  • Clear and colored glass
Flattened corrugated cardboard (thick with ridges and grooves) and flattened paperboard (ex: cereal box)
No paper towels, napkins, tissues, transparencies, food
  • Remove lid
  • Rinse if possible
Make sure it is flattened
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I print double sided whenever possible.

To change in Microsoft Word, go to Print >under Settings change "Print One Sided" to "Print on Both Sides" > then print your document.

To change in an internet browser, go to Print > Preferences or Properties > Basic and click "Print on Both Sides".

For PC's

  1. Open Start menu > Click on Devices and Printers
  2. Right click on main printer
  3. Choose Printing Preferences
  4. Choose Page Layout Tab
  5. Select "2-sided long edge"
  6. Click OK to set as default

For Macs

Option 1: Printer Setup

  1. Dock > System Preferences > Print & Fax
  2. Choose the main printer from the left menu
  3. Click "Printer Setup"
  4. If possible, choose the double-sided printing option.

Option 2: Creating a Preset

  1. Open Word, Firefox, or any document and act as if you are about to print the page (File>Print, or Apple + P)
  2. Click on the drop down menu below Presets (it should say Copies & Pages)
  3. Select Layout from the list.
  4. In Layout, select the Two-Sided option
  5. Once you have done that, click on the Presets drop down menu and select "Save As..."
  6. Save the preset as Double-Sided Printing
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I reuse office supplies and utilize refillable pens.

You can reuse old binders, notebooks, paperclips, rubber bands and pens instead of buying new ones each semester. Not only will this save you money, but it will also save the environment. You can also purchase refillable pens so instead of having to throw away a pen when it runs out of ink; you just purchase a replacement cartridge.

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I rely on electronic communications and storage whenever possible to cut down on printing.

By using email and other forms of online communications, you can cut down on a variety of costs. It will save paper as well as cut down on carbon emissions from mail having to be delivered. By also reading your news online, it can cut down on the amount of newspapers and magazines printed daily. It will also make sure that all of your information is extremely up-to-date.

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I utilize rechargeable batteries.

Each year about 180,000 tons of used batteries are thrown away; you can do your part to help reduce the number of batteries in landfills. By using rechargeable batteries, you will be cutting down on the amount of batteries that are thrown away every year. Not only that, but rechargeable batteries can save you money!

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I shave with reusable razors instead of disposable ones.

By using a razor that is made from recycled materials or a reusable one, you will be helping the environment. By avoiding disposable razor, you keep tons of blade cartridges out of the landfills each year.

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I use reusable cups, plates and silverware rather than buying disposable.

Reusable dishware is beneficial for the environment. It keeps plastic and paper products out of the landfills and requires fewer resources to produce than single use products. On top of the environmentally friendly factor, they are also more visually attractive and durable than disposable products. Avoid Styrofoam products; they release toxic chemicals into the food and the environment.

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I am aware of how to dispose of CFLs, batteries, printer cartridges, cell phones, and other types of e-waste properly.

Instead of using standard incandescent light bulbs, use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They have a rated life of 10,000 burn hours versus a rated life of 750 burn hours for incandescent bulbs. You will replace the bulbs less frequently and save money. Not only do CFLs last longer, but they produce less heat, keeping your room at a cooler temperature.

CFLs do contain a very small amount of mercury, so you shouldn't throw them away when they burn out. You can recycle them at the customer service desk at Home Depot, Lowes and other home improvement stores.

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I use cloths or sponges instead of paper towels to clean up spills.

People use lots of paper towels on a daily basis. By switching to cloths or sponges, you can reduce the amount of paper towels that go to landfills. Try drying your hand with clothes or an air dryer. Use cloth napkins, wipe dishes with a sponge, and use towels to clean up any spills that may occur.

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I donate unwanted home furnishings and other items rather than throwing them away.

Consider recycling electronics you never use, but make sure you're sustainable when you do it; improperly disposed of electronics can be an environmental hazard. Consider donating old items to schools or charities or sell items back to electronics stores. If these aren't options, find an electronic recycling center in your area. Try companies like E-Scrap Solutions or RET3.

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I use refillable lotions, soaps and cleaning products.

By using refillable containers, you will be able to reduce the amount of plastic used to create your products. Many stores sell refillable containers along with the refills.

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Instead of buying books, I look into renting, borrowing or exchanging from friends, libraries or various websites.

Instead of spending more money to buy books, look into renting from your friends or one of the many renting companies available. This will cut down the on the need for paper and reduce carbon emissions from the production of the books. Don't forget to check out the library for lots of great books to borrow!

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I reuse paper that only has text on one side.

Reusing paper will reduce the amount of new paper consumed. It will prevent forests from being cut down and reduces use of water, energy, and other chemicals being used to produce new paper.


I cancel my subscription to unwanted catalogs, magazines and junk mail.

By canceling your subscription to mail that you no longer wish to receive you will be able to help companies be more eco-friendly. There are a variety of websites that you can use to reduce your unwanted subscriptions and you can always call the company at the information listed on the mailer to cancel your subscription.

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