How much does the Aquarium recycle?

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 recylced 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!

22 Responses to “How much does the Aquarium recycle?”


  1. 1 Ryan Mathus November 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I’d guess about 9 short tons of paper were recycled.

    -Ryan

  2. 2 Ashley November 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    500 pounds of paper?

  3. 3 Kevin Corwin November 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    9 tons (U.S. tons)

  4. 4 Kevin Corwin November 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    As I notice the question calls for the answer in POUNDS, my previous answer of 9 U.S. tons would convert to 18,000 lbs.

  5. 5 charlie November 13, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    18,000 pounds of paper

  6. 6 Matthew November 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    My guess is about 25,000 pounds.

  7. 8 Donna Sweikow November 13, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    423 tons!?!

  8. 9 Cari November 13, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I’m going to say 32,047lbs.

  9. 11 Richie Vos November 14, 2009 at 1:26 am

    I have no idea, but I’ll guess about the same as the cardboard, 21,000 lbs.

  10. 12 JoAn Ferguson November 14, 2009 at 8:29 am

    My guess is 30 tons of paper was recycled in 2008 at NAIB.

  11. 13 Hanna November 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    10,612 lbs of paper recycled.

  12. 14 teddie November 16, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I am guessing the Aquarium recycles 500 pounds of paper in a year?

  13. 15 David Wolfkill November 16, 2009 at 10:06 am

    50,000 lbs of paper.

  14. 17 Dave November 16, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I’m going with 100,000 lbs of paper.

  15. 18 DgBg November 16, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I would guess the Aquarium recycles 40,000 pounds of paper.

  16. 19 gabrielle November 16, 2009 at 10:29 am

    around 45,000 lbs of paper? maybe?

  17. 20 Jon Thouvenelle November 16, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for your efforts. I am just starting an effort to reduce the number of small water bottles produced by encouraging the use of reusable, non-reactive bottles. Project #1 is dive boats in Cozumel Mexico. If you have any tips alomg these lines please advise me. cowboy

  18. 21 matt s November 16, 2009 at 11:13 am

    16,250 lbs Bob!

  19. 22 National Aquarium November 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    A big thanks to everyone who participated in our contest. In 2008, the Aquarium recylced 9 tons, or 18.000 lbs of paper!

    It looks like we have three winners. Congratulations to Charlie, Kevin, and Ryan for guessing the correct number. Look out for an email from the Aquarium with details about your prize.


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