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Green Teams Program Resources - Recycling


Currently Penn State recycles about 58% of its waste, stopping it from ever reaching our landfill which is more than 70 miles away! In our recycling stations, located in each building, we offer ways to collect food waste, used paper, containers made of glass, metal and plastics so that they can be sent to manufacturers and turned into new products.  You can learn more about ways to reduce waste and recycle what you do produce with the resources below! Pitch in and help Penn State "close the loop" on its waste.

Recycling Resources by Type

Visual Resources

TRASHED 2012 Length: 98 minutes

TRASHED, released in 2013, follows Jeremy Irons on a world tour as he discovers the extent and effects of the global waste problem. It's about how trash is poisoning our oceans, our air, our land, our cities, and, of course, us. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from skepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope as we struggle to make progress towards a sustainable future. Pairing this film with an open discussion allows participants to compare their reactions, share ideas for taking action and leaving the event inspired. For more information, visit:

The documentary is available in the library.

Plastics have always been a questioned topic in recycling, from wondering what shapes can go where to what the number on the bottom means for recycling.  Here, Penn State's waste management team explains how our University deals with this sticky subject!

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Ruby Recycling

See what this Centre County family does in order to minimize their impact on our planet (and the landfill). 

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Centre County Waste Authority Tour

See what this Centre County family does in order to minimize their impact on our planet (and the landfill). 

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Happy Ever After

Our charismatic plastic bottles just want to be together! But it's up to us to take responsibility. Are they going to end up in the landfill or do they get to be recycled? Will this story have a tragic ending, or a happy ever after? 

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The Story of Stuff

This eight minute video explores the impacts of American's consumption of more than half a million bottles of water a week. Where does that water come from, how is it tested, and what happens to those bottles when we're done? Is there a better way to stay hydrated? Watch and find out.

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Guides, Checklists and Activities

Presentations and PDFs

  • The Recycling Quiz
    Wondering how well you understand recycling at Penn State? Here is a short quiz to help you assess your skills. You can use this quiz as to prompt discussion at a staff meeting by projecting it on a screen and completing it together. Don’t worry, the answers are at the end.