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Valencia Recycles

 To date, Valencia has reduced its carbon footprint by:

  • Saving 2,805 trees.
  • Saving 62,7000 gallons of oil.
  • Saving 492 cubic yards landfill space.
  • Saving 660,000 kilowatts of energy.
  • Saving 1,155,000 gallons of water.

The recycling program was introduced in phases to ensure its success. Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper/cardboard converts to a savings of approximately 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. The 17 trees (per ton of recycled paper) absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper creates 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Phase One of Valencia’s recycling program started in February, 2007 and concentrated on the collection of mixed paper in cluster offices and student labs on the East, West, and Winter Park campuses. This phase removed over 43 tons of mixed paper from the college waste stream and produced a savings of $3,500.

Phase Two began in October, 2008. This phase introduced the collection of cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic bottles along with mixed paper on all campuses. Recycling containers have been distributed to all common areas on each campus for collection. Containers are clearly color coded and marked “Valencia Recycles.”

 

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