Trash Audit at Fletcher

 

by Dawn Quirk

Two days before exams were scheduled to begin, Fletcher School’s trash was examined by Tufts Recycles and barely received an average grade. About 30% by weight of Fletcher’s trash was actually recyclable. This includes paper (18.5%) and commingled glass, metal, and plastic (10.7%). With all that paper in the trash, maybe students need to cut back on the studying and save some trees! The trash sort also revealed a serious eating problem. About 90% of the trash that was not recyclable was compostable! This includes cups, napkins, and some food waste from the numerous functions held in the building. Composting, which is done in dining halls on campus, could be a possibility in Fletcher as well. Until then, if you’re going to eat or study, please reduce and reuse, and especially recycle.