Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost
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Mills College has a goal of Zero Waste, a whole system approach toward achieving the most efficient use of our resources. At Mills, we conserve and reuse materials first, then maximize diversion of materials from the landfill into recycling and compost systems. We also purchase recycled materials for everyday use, such as 100% post-consumer content copy paper.
According to the Zero Waste International Alliance, Zero Waste means that all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use; that communities actively use products that can be reused, recycled or composted; and to eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.
When we direct our food scraps, food-soiled paper, and other compostable materials into the compost bin, these materials are taken to a commercial facility and turned into compost. Compost is then sold to farms to replenish depleted soil with the nutrients and carbon that healthy plants need.
Compostables in the landfill, however, form methane, a greenhouse gas that is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Overall, by participating in efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle, compost and buying recycled-content products, we lessen the environmental effects of extracting virgin resources while enhancing the health of the planet, our bodies, and our communities.
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