Help the Environment: TerraCycle

Posted on 11/14/2014 2:22:56 PM

Residence halls on the IUP campus are becoming more environmentally friendly, with the addition of TerraCyle bins to the buildings.

Currently, the residence halls offer locations for six different types of recycling—paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, colored glass, and aluminum. The Office of Service Learning is expanding the current recycling program to now include almost all personal hygiene product casings/containers.

Residents can find designated blue bins in the first floor trash and recycling rooms (or the main floor, if that is the only floor in the building with a trash room). Items that can be collected are:

  • All shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, and mouthwash bottles and caps
  • Toothpaste tubes and caps
  • Cosmetic casings and containers
  • Facial cleanser bottles/wrappers/containers

Once these items are collected, they will be sent into TerraCycle for recycling and upcycling purposes. Some of the items will be made into picnic tables and benches, Adirondack chairs, and patio blocks. If each IUP resident recycles just one of these items, IUP can reduce the amount of trash filling the landfills by 60 pounds, and this amount will only grow as the program gains momentum and more people participate.

For more information about the TerraCycle Program, please contact Kate Hopta in the Office of Service Learning, 302 Pratt Hall.