How much does the Aquarium recycle?

Published November 13, 2009

Sunday, November 15 is America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle RecyclesFlag-blogand to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 12th year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials.

Recycling is a standard practice at the National Aquarium. With 1.4 million visitors a year and a staff of nearly 300, there is plenty of waste to be recycled at the Aquarium. We are committed to recycling and each year our efforts grow! In honor of America Recycles Day, we are holding a special recycling themed contest.  For a chance to win an Eco-Aquarium prize pack, please read below: How much does the Aquarium recycle? Here are some of our recycling numbers from 2008:
  • 56 tons of plastic, glass, aluminum recycled through Waste Management.
  • 21,832 lbs of cardboard recycled through Waste Managment.
  • 200 lbs of techotrash through Green Disk. Together with Green Disk, the Aquarium recycles CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, cords, handheld devices and other pieces of technological garbage. For more information,
  • Hundreds of pounds our old computers, tvs, printers and other electronic devices were given to charities through CDM eCycling in Baltimore -Second life cycle program.
If you noticed, one very important item is missing from that list. Paper! Can you guess how many pounds of paper the Aquarium recycled in 2008? Please post your guess in a comment to this post. The contest will end at noon (12:00 p.m. EST) on Monday, November 16. The person with the answer closest to the actual amount of paper recycled will win an Eco-Aquarium prize pack that includes an Aquarium themed reusable bag, water bottle, and lunch tote! Good luck and happy recycling!
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