Recycling Readers

Action Recycling Readers

1. What

This Action is to educate students about the option of recycling their Readers, and to encourage them to recycle them instead of throwing them in the trash. Recycling conserves natural resources and reduced waste. Recycling also reduced pollution and energy demand. Spain generates 1.4 kg of garbage a day.

A second part of this Action is to research how much IES pays to have the Readers printed and compare this amount to how much it would cost IES to not print the Readers, but if students printed out all of their readings on the printers in IES. This is to see if it would be more economically sustainable for IES to not print Readers. This information can be used to estimate how many of the readings could be printed on IES computers and still be economically sustainable for IES.

2. Why

2.1. Potential Benefits:

The potential benefit of this action is to make students aware of the option to recycle. Also, the reduction of waste is beneficial in reducing landfill use, and the recycled paper can be used to make other goods. Recycling paper helps reduce pollution as well. The EPA claims that making paper from recycled materials showed 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution, therefore, every ton of recycled paper keeps 60 pounds or pollutants out of the atmosphere that would be make if the paper was made from new resources.

The potential benefit of learning which method of printing the readings is more economically sustainable for IES is potential monetary savings for IES, that can be used elsewhere.

2.2. Potential Costs:

No monetary cost. The only cost is the amount of time for IES to send the e-mails and for students to walk to the recycling bins and throw their Readers in. The potential costs of recycling are costs for collection and treatment of the material and the energy costs for reprocessing.

3. How

  1. Get action approved by Student Council
  2. Research benefits of recycling paper
  3. Type up e-mail for students informing them of where to recycle their readers in the bins on the street
  4. Type up e-mail for teachers to tell them to encourage and remind their students to recycle their readers
  5. Have e-mail sent to the teachers and students

Email for Teachers
Dear teachers,

We are writing on behalf of the Sustainability: Challenges and Responses class here at IES Barcelona. In order to reduce the waste we generate and thereby our impact on the environment, we would like to encourage students to recycle their Readers at the end of the semester.
To do this, we are going to send an email to all IES students. To further our point, we would like to request that you make an announcement in class reminding students to recycle their Readers in the street-side recycling receptacles.
Thank you for your support!

IES Sustainability students

Email for Students
Hey IES students!

The semester is almost over and we are starting to pack our bags. But what about those big Readers? If you don’t want to take them home, please recycle them instead of throwing them in the trash!

It’s so easy:
Go to the blue dumpster outside on almost every street corner, and toss your Readers in!
There is one right outside of IES, so as soon as you are done with that final, you can dump it in the recycling.

Thank you!
IES Sustainability Students

4. References & Links

IES Staff: Margherita Mangini and Beatriz Taberner

5. Students Involved in this Action

Christina Vilmar: Official Leader; research benefits of recycling paper; E-mail for the students
Sarah Gold: E-mail for the teachers
Sarah Plyler: E-mail for the teachers
Amanda Vitullo:E-mail for the students

Information Collected about Readers

For the Spring session, there was an average of 150 pages per Reader, with a total of 9000 pages printed. The total cost of printing all of the Readers was 270 euro, or 0.03 euro cents per page.

The print cartridges used by the IES printers cost 80 euro and can print an average of 10000 pages, or 5000 double sided pages. This comes to paying 0.016 cents for ink per page of paper printed on both sides. The paper IES buys comes with 500 sheets per package, which costs 2.50 euro per package. Therefore, each page of paper costs 0.005 cents. Combining the cost of ink and the paper, each page of paper printed double-sided on the IES printers costs 0.021 cents.

In conclusion, IES pays 0.03 cents per page to have the Readers printed, but if the readings were online and every student printed out every reading anyway, it would cost 0.021 cents per page, which would still save IES money. But students probably would not print every single reading, which would increase IES savings. However, these calculations do not take copyright costs into account, which may alter the costs and economic benefits. This part of the project can be furthered in future semesters by a survey to estimate how many readings students would actually print off. Also, research on copyright costs of printing the Readers versus copyright costs of posting the readings online should be done in the future in order to find the most economically sustainable solution for IES.

Completion Status:
This action has been completed. Both e-mails have been sent and the research has been done and compiled.

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4555555mtrejoAlso a very nice project to do that an institution such as a school should really have had for a long time, we use so much paper!

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