Did you know that the average college student generates about 640 pounds of trash each year? One way that colleges and universities can help reduce student waste is to incorporate recycling programs on campus. To make it even easier for students to recycle, they can incorporate single-stream recycling programs. In fact, that’s exactly what the University of Iowa is doing.
As part of its 2020 vision goal of 60% total campus waste diversion, the University of Iowa has teamed up with Waste Management Inc., North America’s largest recycler, and City Carton Recycling, Iowa’s largest paper recycling company, to phase in a new single-stream recycling program.
The program will go into effect on Thursday, September 1, 2011, and will gradually be introduced to all campus buildings in the next few months. The old recycling containers that were provided by City Carton Recycling will be replaced by new single-stream Waste Management Inc. recycling bins.
What does having a single stream recycling program mean for the students? It means that everything, including paper, plastic, soda cans, food containers, lab plastics and aluminum, can be placed into the same bin. This will make it much easier and convenient for on-the-go students to reduce their trash.
The students aren’t the only people benefiting from the new program. Streamlining the recycling process will make recycling more efficient, thus saving the entire university money in handling costs. It’s a win/win situation for everyone involved!