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Datafile: Reincarnation

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This summer, the Astroturf on BC's main football field will be replaced. The old synthetic grass will be rolled up and taken away—not to a landfill, but most likely to a high school in the Southwest. Since 2000, when the University joined the Institution Recycling Network, recycling at BC has grown to a scale far beyond bins for empty cans: In 2003 alone, more than 3,200 tons of materials from campus—over two-thirds of this a byproduct of construction—were sold, donated, or processed for reuse.

Below, some of the unexpected places where pieces of the Heights have found new purpose.

What was it? Where was it? Weight (tons) Where is it now?
Office partitions Carney 4 Residential construction in La Ceiba, Honduras
Desks, chairs, shelving, bookcases, and file cabinets Carney, McGuinn, Lyons, Campion, Hovey House 23.25 Athol School System, Massachusetts; Portsmouth Christian Academy, New Hampshire; Honduras; Ukraine
Concrete CLX 578 Roadbeds and culverts in Maine
Lockers Stuart 1.575 The Cambridge School, Weston, Massachusetts
Wood from scoreboards Alumni Stadium 4 Mulch across New England
Field and track padding The Plex 0.57 Keene State College, New Hampshire
Sinks and toilets Voute, Gabelli, Edmond's 14.87 Decorative paving stone in Maine and New Hampshire

 

 

 

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