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1 US Bank Tower Cincinnati Recycling

2 US Bank Tower Recycling US Bank Tower produces 335 tons of trash annually. Approximately 80% of what we throw away can be recycled, but we Need your participation to make our new recycling program work. It s easy, convenient and starts right at your desk.

3 Consider This. For every 1 ton of paper that is recycled, the following is saved: 7,000 gallons of water; 380 gallons of oil; and enough electricity to power an average home for 6 months. In perspective, US Bank Tower can save 1,540,000 gallons of water, 83,600 gallons of oil, and power 220 homes for 6 months. Commercial buildings in the USA use 4.5 billion pounds of hand towels and toilet tissue, much of it chlorine-bleached and from virgin pulp. The paper industry is the third largest user of energy and consumer of fresh water. (Recycled paper reduces water pollution by 35% and decreases air pollution by 74%). Recycling one ton of paper saves the equivalent of 17 trees which means US Bank can save 3,740 trees annually! You can run a TV for 6 hours on the amount of electricity that is saved by recycling one aluminum can. Footnote: Reference: EPA

4 And This By recycling just 1 glass bottle, you save enough electricity to power a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours. Throwing away, versus recycling, an aluminum can is like pouring out 6 ounces of gasoline! Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates only 1 job, landfilling 10,000 tons of waste creates only 6 jobs, recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs. Recycling has created 169,000 jobs in Ohio alone (4.3% of employment). Recycling generates $6 billion in annual wages in Ohio. Recycling yields $30 billion in sales and $651 million in tax income for Ohio state and local governments and citizens annually. Footnote: Reference: EPA

5 Trash Distribution Foot note: Ofee.gov

6 What Can Be Recycled? All paper, including cardboard Plastic bottles & jugs Glass bottles & jars Aluminum & Steel cans

7 Acceptable Recycle Materials Plastic soda, milk, detergent, small-mouth bottles Clear, brown, green & blue glass bottles and jars White ledger paper Folders and envelopes Mail and correspondence Computer and copy paper Brown or colored copier grade papers News quality papers and magazines Aluminum and bi-metal beverage cans Steel food/tin cans Empty aerosol cans Broken down cardboard

8 Unacceptable Recycle Materials Caps from plastic bottles #3,4,5,6,& 7 plastic Bowls, buckets or tubs; oil jugs Film or plastic bags Window or drinking glass Light bulbs Broken glass Pizza boxes Milk Cartons Text Books Candy Wrappers Dirty plates, cups, napkins, or facial tissue Paint cans Coat hangers Steel scrap DO NOT RECYCLE

9 How It Works-Office Paper Office Paper is to be deposited in desk side blue cans and in Slim Jims (tall blue cans in copy areas) IMPORTANT: do not allow any liquid or food to drip onto Office Paper. This will contaminate the entire can and it will become trash. Office Paper consists of: White ledger paper: computer, copy machine; white ledger pads, adding machine tape Folders: manila, colored and coated folders Mail: letters, brochures Correspondence: legal pad paper, colored paper, self adhesive notes, index cards, fax and telex paper Envelopes: with windows, with labels, colored and coated Computer paper: continuous form or ground wood

10 How It Works-Comingled Recycle Materials All acceptable plastics, aluminum and metals, glass and lower grade mixed paper must be placed in the large round blue bins in various locations on each floor

11 How It Works-Cardboard All cardboard must be broken down and placed in the building freight hallway on each floor The cardboard will be baled by the cleaning and maintenance staff and collected weekly

12 How It Works-Shredding Shredding services cost companies money while recycling paper and other materials pays for itself and other recycle program expenses. Only confidential paper is to be shredded. Do NOT shred other types of office paper.

13 Recyclables at the MRF Recyclers drive your recyclables to the Material Recover Facility (MRF) and empty everything onto a tipping floor.

14 Manual Contaminant Removal The mixed material travels on a conveyor system to the first sorting station. Recycling employees remove cardboard and metals for recycling, along with unacceptable materials, from the mix, and the rest of the items continue on the conveyor system.

15 Paper, Glass, and Plastic Separation Next, the materials enter a disc screener, where a series of spinning discs mechanically separate paper/fiber material and glass from the rest of the mix. Recycling employees separate plastic bottles from the mix. Bottles are separated by type.

16 Magnetic Separation Next, a strong magnet attracts and removes the steel cans from the mix. Finally, aluminum cans are repelled by an Eddy current.

17 Bailing Materials for Shipment The separated materials are bundled into large bales and shipped to manufacturers. The majority of recycled materials is used in the Tristate area.

18 Recyclables Become New Products Local Recycling End Markets Glass becomes fiberglass insulation Mixed paper and cardboard recycled locally into more paper or paper towels Plastic bottles become industrial strapping, carpet, and plastic lumber Aluminum and steel become more cans, car parts, or appliances Other Recycling End Markets Drainage pipes and new bottles Road bed aggregate Rain gutters and window frames

19 The time to benefit from Recycling is NOW.

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