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The Three R's

Close the Loop

The First R: Reduce

The best way to deal with trash is to not have any! Reducing the amount of trash you have to throw away actually prevents waste from piling up in the first place. Check out these great tips on preventing your waste!

Reusable Mugs

If 15% of U.S. college students used reusable mugs instead of disposable cups every day, we would eliminate more than 1 billion cups a year (The Earth Works Group).
When you purchase a UB travel mug you not only get your first beverage free, but also get 10% off your drink purchase each time you use your mug.

Eco-Clamshell Containers

UB students dining in Red Jacket, Richmond, Goodyear or Governors Dining Centers can now use the Reusable Eco-Clamshell Containers when taking their food to go. Before this program was put into place, students were using 109,000 to-go containers a year to take their food out of the dining halls. In an effort to decrease this number the University has made this program free to all meal plan and declining balance customers. Ask for one the next time you're there!

Reusable Shopping Bags

It is estimated that between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year (National Geographic) and EPA research has shown that only 1% of plastic bags actually get recycled. That leaves a lot of bags to sit in landfills and get blown into lakes and oceans where they are poisoning marine life.

Check out this informative slide show to see the affects of plastic bags on the environment.
Luckily, many retailers offer low cost reusable bags as an option to the consumer. Consider picking some up the next time you're out.

For more information on plastic bag waste, check out this website. You can even take their pledge to ditch plastic bags. Over their lifetime, each person will use approximately 45,000 of them! Do your part to help reduce this amount!


Approximately 90 million trees are used each year to make paper for unsolicited mailings (Newdream.org) but 44% of it goes to landfills unopened (41pounds.org). Make it stop!

  • 1-888-5OPT-OUT: By calling this number and providing some basic information your name and address will be removed from the mailing lists circulated by 4 major credit card agencies.
  • Mail Preference Service c/o Direct Marketing Association: Send them a letter that includes the date, your name, address,  and a signature with the sentence, "Please register my name with the Mail Preferences Servece." Send it to: PO Box 643, Carmel N.Y., 10512.
  • For more information on these and other ways of stopping junk mail visit:
  • http://www.newdream.org/junkmailindex.php
  • http://www.donotmail.org



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