Johnson County Community College

As part of our Earth Days 2012 events, JCCC students, staff, and faculty audited the contents of campus trash and recycling bins. The purpose was to gather data about how much recyclable material is being placed in campus trash bins, as well as how much non-recyclable material is being placed in campus recycling bins. “Thank You!” to everyone who participated! And a special “Thank You” to Rebecca Brondell, Environmental Science Instructor, who helped organize the event and integrated the event into her class’s coursework.

We gathered our audit’s waste samples from all inner campus buildings. We collected trash from 3 distinct areas: classrooms, hallways and offices. Each location type was audited separately. Additionally, we collected one bag of recycling from each building.

The audit results are below. Please send any questions or comments to Michael Rea.

Results

Trash composition pie chart  Recycling composition pie chart

Hallway trash composition pie chart  Classroom trash composition pie chart

Office trash composition pie chart

Detailed Results

Paper Plastic Cardboard Metal Glass Food Styrofoam Cups Other TOTALS
Office Trash 58 13.5 3 3.5 0 8 1.5 3.5 37 128
Classroom Trash 7 13 0 3 7 10 1.5 6 11.5 59
Hallway Trash 4 15 3 4 8 25 4 5.5 34.5 103
Recycling Bins 77 27.5 5 8 8 0 1.5 3 3 133
Trash Bin Totals 69 41.5 6 10.5 15 43 7 15 83 290
Recycling Bin Totals 77 27.5 5 8 8 0 1.5 3 3 133
TOTALS 146 69 11 18.5 23 43 8.5 18 86 423