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Green Tip: Weigh Landfill Life Before You Discard

Before tossing everyday items, consider the landfill life of the following: Plastic-coated paper, 5 years; plastic bags, 10-20 years; tin cans, 50 years; aluminum cans, 500 years; glass bottles, 1,000 years; and Styrofoam, indefinitely. Reuse before you recycle and, when you do, check out all the on-campus containers for single-stream use. They should be adjacent to the trash can! The weekly Green Tip is provided by Penn College’s Governance subcommittee on energy conservation and waste management.