Abstract

The goals of our project were to determine the amount of the library’s paper waste. In order to do this we decided to focus on the total sheets of paper used, the recycling that occurs in the library, the use of recycled paper, and the discarding of books. The methods that were used were talking to library staff about the amount of paper used and the discarding of books, surveying the students who use the library about their recycling practices, and hanging educational flyers about the benefits of recycling. After researching the amount of paper waste in McKillop Library, the results we found were that overall more could be done to limit the environmental impact the library has due to the amount of paper waste. There are recommendations that can help reduce the amount of paper waste. In the short term, the library could rearrange the location of the trash barrels and the recycling bins. Having an overwhelming amount of trash barrels could inhibit the amount of paper recycling. Also the library could closely monitor the janitorial staff to make sure that the recycled products are being placed in the recycling bins and not in the dumpster with trash.

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