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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
Riley, Meghan, "Exploiting Untapped Resources: A Cost Benefit Analysis of Recovering Reusable Paper at Smith College" (2004). Capstone, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
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