Specially labeled garbage cans will be located at the main entryways to all buildings.
Although we do recycle plastic on campus, a better plan is to encourage the use of sustainable beverage containers instead.
It is cheaper for bottling companies to make new bottles than it is to recycle them.
The cost to ship plastic for recycling is very high. It is a light material that takes up a large volume and the cost of gasoline for transport is more than the value of the material.
Major bottling companies are not incorporating post consumer, recycled plastic into new bottles at the rate that they have promised; they should be responsible for the products that they are making in such vast numbers.
Because there is no real market for plastic, the value of plastic is only 3-7 cents a pound while aluminum's value can be 25-80 cents a pound.
Only 5-10% of all plastic produced is actually recycled with 90-95% of it ending up in landfills, or as litter on land, waterways or in the oceans.
The oceans are becoming literal garbage dumps as currents concentrate the floating plastic.
It is not biodegradable and entangles or is eaten by wildlife, causing digestive blockages and starvation.
In view of this, some college campuses and communities have banned plastic bottles altogether.
Other options for Loyola are:
Reduce overall plastic use by pre-cycling (buying items with the lowest environmental impact)
Return to aluminum can vending machines
Install water vending machines that dispense water into reusable bottles or mugs
Use individual Pur or Brita filtration pitchers with reusable bottles or mugs