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Can It. New Recycling Bins On Campus

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
February 21, 2007

A student-driven initiative has led to the placement of 14 new outdoor recycling containers around campus.

The blue barrels provide for the disposal of cans, glass and plastic bottles. Six more containers will be added this summer on Main Street. The recycling bins have been placed next to regular trash cans, making recycling apparent and easy.

The project was undertaken jointly by Grounds and Roads, and Facilities.

This is the first outdoor recycling effort and was launched as part of a general campus plan to raise awareness regarding issues of sustainability.

“The project will be successful only if people look--and think--before they toss,” says Steve Pesci, project director for special projects at Campus Planning. “Like all recycling initiatives, success will come from community education and changing norms.”

Pesci’s office and the folks at Grounds and Roads will be evaluating the effectiveness and placement locations of the new containers throughout the spring.

In 2006, UNH recycled more than 130 tons of commingled waste, according to the 2006 Annual Report for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

“We're always open to community suggestions regarding increasing recycling effectiveness. Comments can be sent to me at Campus Planning,” Pesci says.

UNH recycles aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles (#1 and #2), tin, steel and metal scraps as well as any paper that can be torn including newspapers, junk mail, books, catalogs, phone books, cereal boxes, envelopes and paper bags. Corrugated cardboard is also collected.

For more information on the kinds of waste should be recycled call 2-3100 or visit http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/faq.html#recycling.

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