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RecycleMania 2009 Question of the Week

Competition rules
Participants may submit their entry by sending an e-mail to
Weekly questions will  be posted on the recycling Web site at and in the elevators of the Education Center/Library Building along with weekly status updates and the answers to the previous week’s questions.

Last week's question, answer and winner
Question: In order to be recycled at MUSC cardboard boxes must be flattened and placed next to the trash. Last year MUSC processed 481 tons or 962,000 pounds of cardboard. How many cubic yards of landfill space did MUSC save last year?

Answer: Recycling one ton of cardboard saves more than 9 cubic yards of landfill space so MUSC saved 4,329 cubic yards of landfill space.
The winner is Rebecca Nida, OB/GYN.

Question of the week
If you are trying to save a few dollars you probably are changing the oil of your car yourself. You can also save the environment by taking your used oil to one of more than 50 drop-off sites within 25 miles of MUSC. It takes one gallon of used motor oil to produce three quarts of re-refined lubricating oil while it takes more than 42 gallons of crude to produce those same three quarts. One gallon of used oil can contaminate one million gallons of water. Can you figure out how many millions of gallons of water are saved from pollution when the used oil from an average car is recycled and re-refined instead of poured down a storm drain?
Look for the answer in the March 13 issue of The Catalyst.

Friday, March 6, 2009

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