Student Life

Recycling Made Easy

By Whitney Oliphant, Staff Reporter

Single-stream recycling has made its way to CNM and is a way to streamline the recycling process so that all recyclable materials can be placed into the same bin, according to CNM.

This means that only one recycling bin is needed, instead of multiple ones, for the different type of materials, according to CNM Sustainability.

CNM has blue recycling bins located next to the trash cans in each classroom and there are large green cardboard recycling bins in most common areas across all of the CNM campuses, according to the CNM webpage.

Students can also use the large green cardboard to recycle normal recyclables as well as cardboard, according to CNM.

All of the recycling bins contain signs on the sides to indicate what can and cannot be recycled.

According to the EPA, recycling helps conserve natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals as well as save energy.

The average person generates over four pounds of trash every day and about one and a half tons of solid waste per year, according to the CNM webpage.

Students can help to recycle properly by following the guidelines above which makes it easier for school maintenance to dispose of the items left in the recycling bins, according to CNM.

Things that CAN be placed in the recycling bins at CNM include the following:

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • Copy paper
  • Lids from coffee cups
  • Cardboard
  • Paper envelopes
  • Newspapers
  • Tin or steel cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Milk jugs

Things that SHOULD NOT be placed in the recycling bins include the following:

  • Food wrappers
  • Candy wrappers
  • Bags from chips or snacks
  • Full or partially full plastic bottles
  • Cardboard or paper containing food
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Glass bottles or jars

Find more information here:

https://www.cnm.edu/about/sustainability/student-recycling-education-expo

Recyclemania PSA

https://youtu.be/p1kKRDJKHGI

A Change in Perspective

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