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EVS 300


Environmental Science and Policy


In this study I investigated the cost effectiveness of retrieving reusable paper from recycling bins and toters at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. I sampled bins and toters on campus to estimate the amount of reusable paper that is recycled each year and the time it takes to retrieve it. I also did a survey of college-sponsored flyers on campus and conducted an experiment comparing printing on new paper with printing on reused paper. I then calculated the profitability of retrieving reusable paper by comparing the costs of a number of retrieval methods with the benefits in terms of money to be saved or earned by using or selling reusable paper. I found that the recovery of reusable paper is cost effective in many of the cases analyzed. These findings support a move to reuse paper on a large scale at Smith College.


© 2004; Meghan Riley