Plastic Recycling

GUQ Plastic Recycling Logo

The Facilities Management team is proud to announce the launch and keep raising awareness of plastic recycling.

It seems like everything in modern world is made of plastic. The versatile material is in our cars, toys, packaging, clothing, home goods, food utensils, and so much more — but it's also littering our streets, clogging our waterways, and choking marine life. One study says 32% of plastic packaging ends up in our oceans every year.

Many plastics can be readily recycled, but according to National Geographic, 91% of plastic has never even been recycled. With all the different rules and symbols, it can be confusing for consumers to figure out exactly how to recycle it.

 

Tip! Plastics #1 and #2, made from polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), are the most commonly accepted plastics for recycling

 

What can you put in our Plastic recycling bins at GU-Q?

Empty and rinse!

  • Clean Cuttlery
  • Clean Containers
  • Grocery Bags
  • Plastic Bottle

 

What you cannot put in our Plastic recycling bins at GU-Q?

  • Snack Bags
  • Plastic Wraps
  • Styrofoam
  • Sandwich Bags

 

Why they cannot go in?

  • Styrofoam: Foam polystyrene, like that found in meat packaging or egg cartons, is made of mostly air. A special machine is required to remove the air and condense the material into a patty or block for resale. These foam products have little value because once the air is removed, very little material remains.
  • Snack Bags, Plastic Wraps and Sandwich Bags: At the store we find it covering vegetables, meats and cheeses. It’s common, but it can’t be recycled because it’s hard to deal with at the material recovery facility. The thin film gets wrapped around the equipment and can bring the operation to a standstill.

 

Why Empty and Rinse: 

  • Food residue is a form of contamination because food residue left on containers cannot be reliably processed.
  • Contamination is created when the wrong materials are put into the system or when the right materials are prepared in the wrong way.

 

What Happens to items dropped in our Recycled Plastic Bins?

The plastic is delivered to Doha Plastic, where it is then recycled locally and made into other plastic products. For more information, please visit the Doha Plastic website.

 

How Can you Reduce your Plastic Consumption?

  • Use your brand-new GU Sustainability water bottle instead of one-time plastic bottles
  • Use the water fountain instead of the water cooler
  • Use reusable cloth bags for your groceries and shopping
  • Buy fresh food ingredients – not pre-packaged. They are healthier too!
  • Don’t take the straw when you order a drink
  • Reduce your waste in general – and reduce the number of trash bags you need
  • Ask the coffee shop to use your own travel mug, eliminating both the waste of a paper cup and a plastic lid
  • Stop using one-time items like sandwich bags – replace with reusable containers

How Can you Reuse your Plastic Before you Recycle it?

  • Use plastic grocery bags to line your trash cans or to transport items
  • Reuse plastic bags as packing material
  • Cut plastic milk jugs or detergent bottles to use as a scooper
  • Cut milk jugs and detergent bottles to make a funnel
  • Animal owners use all plastic bags to clean up after their pets
  • Sailors cut milk jugs or detergent bottles to use as water bailers

 

What Can you do with Plastic Waste from Home?

If you cannot reuse your plastic, bring it to GU-Q and recycle it here. Either place it in a recycling bin in the building, or if you have a large amount, drop it off in the main plastic recycling cage located near the loading dock.

 

Plastic Recycling Bin Locations

  • All Pantries
  • Atrium
  • Faculty Staff Lounge
  • Student Lounge
  • Student Study Area
  • Office Supply Room
  • Most Printer Station Locations