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Re: [greenyes] Campus Recycling - Year End
Hi Pete and others,

You raise an interesting point when you say that most colleges have some sort of recovery program... Please correct me if I am misinformed, but it has been my experience that most residence halls don't have established programs in place - most programs seem to be initiated by individuals, are not institutionally sponsored or funded programs (i.e. facilities and custodial workers are rarely responsible for collection and pickup of items), and in many cases only offer clothes and food recovery collection. Most schools in my experience DO in fact "simply toss the items" due to the sheer bulk and magnitude of the problem during moveout.

Perhaps I am jaded, but folks such as those of us on list servs such as this one are the exception to the rule.


Thanks, Peter for sharing this. As a college waste manager, I don't really see the "newsworthiness" of this article, since unlike the article implies, most schools with on-campus residents do not "simply toss the...items", but have some reuse/recovery programs for them.

Pete Pasterz, Manager
Office of Recycling and Waste Management
Michigan State University

Chair, College and University Recycling Council
National Recycling Coalition

"UNLESS someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot,
 nothing is going to get better.   It's not." -- The Lorax

"Peter Anderson" <anderson@no.address> 05/21/03 01:05PM >>>
from the 5/20/03 Christian Science Monitor:

Pennsylvania State University has undertaken a massive new recycling
program -- not for paper or plastics or food waste, but for the
mammoth piles of stuff that students leave behind at the end of every
school year, from sneakers to TVs to sofas.  The end-of-term junk
problem grew into a major headache on U.S. campuses during the 1990s,
as students brought more and more stuff with them to school.  Many
colleges and universities just toss the left-behind items into
dumpsters, but Albert Matyasovsky of Penn State couldn't bear to see
all those useful goods sent to landfills, so last year he funneled
the detritus to the campus stadium for a massive flea market.  This
"trash-to-treasure" sale raised $15,000 for United Way and is now set
to become an annual event.  Other colleges are partnering with a
Massachusetts nonprofit called Dump and Run that helps them set up a
system for collecting student castoffs, selling them, and channeling
the proceeds toward nonprofits.

Peter Anderson
4513 Vernon Blvd. Suite 15
Madison, WI 53705
Ph:    (608) 231-1100
Fax:   (608) 233-0011
Cell    (608) 438-9062
email: anderson@no.address



Lisa K. Heller

Director,Providence Urban Debate League
Founder, Dump & Run Inc.
Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University
ph: (401) 863 9350
fax: (401) 863 3094

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