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Collaborative recycling effort takes shape in Humanities

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The new recycling program in Humanities encourages students to take trash out of the classroom and to use the two recycling receptacle stations in the hall on each floor.

The results of a "trash audit" conducted by NYPIRG students last year found that almost 50 percent of the material in the trash cans in the Humanities Building could have been recycled.

In response, The Environmental Task Force, a group composed of faculty, students and staff seeking to promote sound environmental practice on campus, along with students from NYPIRG, met with John Shupe, asst. vice president for Facilities Management to discuss the problem and to identify ways to improve the system.

recycling symbol

Brian Obach, chair of the Environmental Action and Education Task Force said that the group collaboratively came up with a way to enhance recycling and improve classroom appearance by installing two new recycling stations on each floor of Humanities. They also installed signage in each classroom (developed by the students) and have removed the trash receptacles from the classrooms.

"I am very pleased that students, faculty, staff and administra- Collaborative recycling effort takes shape in Humanities tors were able to come together to make this work," said Obach. "This is a trial system that we hope to implement on the rest of campus."

Obach said that if this project is successful, in the years to come it will literally save thousands of trees used to make paper and thousands of gallons of petroleum that goes into the production of plastic bottles.

"This kind of change is relatively easy to make, but for an institution of this size, it represents a very significant environmental gain," he added.

Faculty are encouraged to inform students of this new program and to not allow trash to be left in the classrooms, but to place their trash and recyclables in the proper and well-labeled receptacles in the hallways.

"Now we all must pull together to make it work," said Obach.

Recycling Facts

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television or operate a computer for three hours
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours
  • Glass never wears out; it can be recycled forever

If you have any questions about recycling in Humanities or if you are interested in getting involved with the Environmental Task Force, please contact Obach at x3447.

DECEMBER 5, 2005
Volume 3, Issue 24

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