Recycling, refreshed

recycling_binFifteen new recycling bins—shaped like giant plastic soda bottles—are being placed at select vending machine locations at the University, thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The unique containers serve as a visual reminder to recycle your bottles when finished, and offer a convenient way to do so. Amy Kadrie, the University’s recycling coordinator, says she hopes that the bins “help increase awareness among beverage consumers and ultimately help to increase the rate at which beverage bottles are recycled.”

The University was one of 156 local government, schools, colleges, and other community groups nationwide to receive a grant for the containers.

Package reuse station

The post office in Todd Union plans to offer a “package reuse station,” starting this fall. The station will include compartments for materials that people might want to use for packages such as newspaper, Styrofoam, and bubble wrap. Anyone can put packaging items in the station once they have opened their packages, and likewise people can help themselves when they need to get a package ready to go.

Making sustainability stick

In addition to the educational recycling inSTALLments that hang in the bathrooms of all residential buildings, students will receive a Go Green sticker on the desk of their dorm room this year. Put the sticker on a laptop or somewhere visible to help promote the University’s sustainability efforts. All stickers will be made out of recycled content stock.

In case you missed it …

Students donated and recycled a record amount clothing, shoes, food, and electronic equipment during the Move-out Cleanout, April 30 to May 21.

A total of 12,651 pounds of clothing were collected for Planet Aid, a global organization that collects used clothing and shoes for those in need. The result beat the previous year’s total by 2,000 pounds—literally a ton!

Approximately 1,656 pounds of food was collected for the Open Door Mission of Rochester which provides food and emergency housing to homeless and low-income men, women, and children in Rochester.

Additionally, the total of electronic equipment collected weighed in at 2,100 pounds. The collection was recycled by Sunnking.