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June 24, 2008

Welcome Week Activities...in the works

As a part of Welcome Week for incoming students, we will be participating in Utopia on Sunday, August 31st. This event is intended to make students aware of more opportunities and organizations on campus--through the use of games and activities.

We are incredibly excited about the ideas that we have brewing, and would like to share some of those with you!

* Guess the number of bottles in one bale, as well as how long it takes to generate that many.
* Ride a "power bike" (a bicycle connected to a lightbulb or another household item), to see and understand how much energy it takes to power a light bulb.
*Simulate the Pacific Trash Vortex (which is where most of our plastic bags end up), to create awareness for our new plastic bag recycling program.
*Set-up a vignette of items that students could purchase at ReUse and compare their pricing to that of a big box store.

Let us know if you have any other ideas!

June 10, 2008

Residence Halls Soon To Get New Containers!

Bailey, Centennial, Comstock, Frontier, Middlebrook, Pioneer, Roy Wilkins, Sanford, Territorial, and Yodof residence halls can expect new recycling containers within the next week. Our inventory of containers and lids is allowing us to replace the dull, scratched, old containers with nice, bright, new containers! Like the old containers, the new containers are part of the Quad System. The Quad System contains four containers: One Trash Only Base and three Emblem Bases each with a Maroon Cans and Bottles lid, a Gold Newspaper PLUS lid, or a Grey Office Paper Lid. Guides for acceptable and unacceptable items can be found on the back side of the Office Paper and Newspaper PLUS lids. For a more extensive guide, be sure to check out our website at www.umn.edu/recyle. Be sure to keep an eye out for the new containers!!

June 6, 2008

Welcome to our new blog!!

Exciting things are happening with the University Recycling Programs! We are working hard to maximize the opportunity to move the campuses in a more sustainable and environmentally conscious direction. This blog is intended to act as a dialog between our department and all of the University community.

We will be updating frequently with developments in our new program initiatives throughout campus--as well as acting as a resource for all of your recycling needs. Please do not hesitate to post questions about recycling on campus, however general or specific they may be. Also, we would love to hear your feedback about your experience with recycling on campus, or any ideas that you may have!

Visit our webpage at: http://www.umn.edu/recycle