KUMC Statistics

  • Since July 2005 - KUMC over 154 tons of paper!
  • In April 2004 - Committee introduces one month trial recycling period.
  • July 2004 a student budget grant was approved for a one
    year pilot program to continue the recycling program.
  • July 2005 - December 2008 - KUMC has recycled 19,972 pounds of plastic/aluminum
  • In July 2005 - KUMC switched to Deffenbaugh Recycling to better serve the campus and save money. We now accept tin/aluminum/plastic in one container allowing more bins around campus. Consequently, our totals will now be listed with Aluminum, plastic, paper, and tin combined. This total, from January 2009 through May 2010 is a total of 164,528 lbs. or 82.45 tons recycled.
  • Between years 2000-2009 351 tons of confidential paper was recycled by Shred it.
  • Starting June 2009 Shred Time has collected 32 tons of confidential recycle material

National Statistics

  • Paper products make up approximately 40% of our trash
  • Recycling one ton of newspapers saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water!
  • 500,000 trees are needed to make Sunday newspapers for American readers
  • Junk mail rec'd in one day by Americans can provide energy for 250,000 homes
  • It takes about 450 years for one plastic bottle to break down in the ground!
  • Plastic bottle recycling has increased nearly six-fold since 1990 (21.6%)
  • Every second of every day 9 ink cartridges are thrown away!
  • One aluminum can recycled can produce enough energy to run your television for 3 hours
  • Recycle all of the aluminum cans sold in a three month period and you could completely rebuild the fleet of commercial airplanes in the United States!
  • The United State only recycles approximately 28% of its waste, double from a decade ago, but still staggeringly small. Austria recycles 60% of its waste. We have a long way to go!!
  • The United States has finally reached a milestone and has 53.4% of it's paper being recovered for recycling.

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