CDS Recyclers Corner

CDS Recyclers Corner

Recyclers' Fact of the Week:

CDS no longer sells disposable bottled water in any of its facilities or vending machines. One of many reasons for this decision: for America alone to produce enough bottled water for one year, it requires 17 million barrels of oil for transport and manufacture, releasing more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

What We Do:

We work on sustainability initiatives related to dining services. We focus primarily on food production, energy efficiency, waste reduction and education, though we are always open to new projects and suggestions. In the past, we've worked to create the trayless progam, to remove disposable bottled water from dining sales, and to improve Stevenson's lighting efficiency. We're currently working on a composting plan for post-consumer food waste, expanding the reusable container program, as well as conducting waste and energy audits. We've just published our third edition of the Little Green Book, a sustainability guide for first-years. We'd love to hear your thoughts on and ideas for sustainability in dining services!

Who We Are:

Abby Halperin

Hi! I'm a third year Environmental Studies and Biology double major from Berkeley, California. Generally, I am interested in researching the ecology of climate change, but on a more local scale my interests include improving energy efficiency, increasing awareness through art, and reducing our consumption of disposable goods. I had a lot of fun illustrating and co-writing the last two editions of the Little Green Book! My other interests include painting, crocheting, horseback riding and bird watching.

Julia Munson

Hello! I am a third-year Environmental Studies major from northwestern Connecticut. I am particularly interested in the intersections between food production, social justice and healthy communities. My other intersts include compost, poetry, and folk music.

Want to carry water in the most sustainable way?

  • Reduce waste and energy consumption -

    Reusable Stainless Steel Water Bottles are available for $4.50.
    Reusable Stainless Steel Mugs are available for $7.50
    Reusable Plastic Water Bottles are available for $1.98
    Reusable Plastic mugs are available for $3.50

  • Filtered water dispenser available in Wilder DeCafe
  • Each year, Americans choose to throw away rather than recycle the 1.5 million tons of plastic from disposable water bottles.

For comments or suggestions about eliminating bottled water sales, contact cdsrecycle@oberlin.edu

Updated: 1/24/2011