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RE: [GreenYes] recycling in pittsburgh
hey Abby,
Univ of Pgh would be mandated to recycle, but obviously isn't doing a very
good job of it.
I think you should start by calling the PA Recycling Hotline 1-800-346-4242
and vocing your concerns to them.  Ask them for your local recycling
coordinator/program manager and contact him or her and voice your concerns
there too - they should help you.  The local municipal or county recycling
coordinator should know who u can contact at the school - a plant manager or
recycling coordinator and you can complain to them too...
Hopefully with someone you should get somewhere.
Good luck, and I'm glad you're paying attention to this.
Millersville University here in SE PA has a great recycling program and I
know even they have problems with recycling in residents halls...not enough
bins, funding, etc...
Let me know if i can be of further assistance.

Steve Weisser


-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf
Of abby
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2002 6:05 PM
Subject: [GreenYes] recycling in pittsburgh

Hello I am a student at the University of Pittsburgh and have a concern
about recycling here.  As an advocate of environmental awareness, I have
been very displeased by the fact that our residence halls do not have
recyling bins in our rooms or on our floors.  The only recyling bins are on
the ground floor, and are very small.  Personally, I go there stacks of
recyclable paper a day, including: newspapers, printed papers, and other
worksheets distributed in class.  I live with 8 other girls and know for a
fact that they go through very similar amounts of paper a day too.  We do
not have recyclable garbage cans in our rooms to throw the paper away in.
Instead, thousands of sheets of recylable paper is wasted by being thrown
into the "regular" garbage cans.  The university's way of making up for
this is by putting small recycling bins on the ground floor.  Now there are
10 floors in my building and I can assure you that nobody races down ten
flights of stairs to take the time to throw away some paper in a recylcing
bin.  This upsets me.  There are hundreds of students that live in my
building, and over 20,000 students that attend my school.  The exact number
of students that live in dorms is unknown to me.  However, multiply say 10
sheets of paper a day for only 10,000 of the total students (living in
dorms), and you get 100,000 sheets of paper that are not being recycled in
dorm rooms!!  in only one college day!. This number is incredible.  As each
day passes more and more unrecycled paper is being thrown to waste.  Our
university also provides us with a daily newspaper called the "Pitt News."
There are stacks of these papers all over campus.  When students grab a
paper on the way to their dorm room to read it, the paper is never

I need somebody's help.  I dont even know where to start or who to
approach?  But what I do know is that our campus is being wasteful and
unresourceful.  It is the year 2002, and there is no excuse to this.  The
truth must be known, and we must be provided with a recyclable garbage can
in our rooms.

Please! does anyone know what I should do next?

Thank you, Abby
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