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Re: [greenyes] Campus Recycling - Year End
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 


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