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  1. Recycling on Campus By: Carolyn Cronin Integrative Biology 203

  2. Don’t ya dare litter! • http://youtube.com/watch?v=scT6KSyVemI

  3. Champaign Recycling • 24-hour dropoff recycling site at 1702 Hagan St (Behind Home Depot) • Curbside pickup • Single-family homes • Apartments with 4 or fewer units

  4. Urbana Recycling • U-Cycle • $2.50 monthly tax to property owners • Weekly curbside service • Includes apartments with < 4 units • Multi-family residences • Sororities/Fraternities • Recycling bins next to dumpsters in large apartment complexes

  5. U-Cycle Accepted Materials • Cans • Milk jugs and detergent bottles • Plastic bottles • Newspaper, office paper, magazines • Cardboard • Glass bottles and jars • Aerosol cans • Softcover books

  6. Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS) • Weekly meetings: Wednesdays at 6:30 • YMCA basement • http://www.secs-uiuc.org/ • Promotes environmental action on campus • Organized LIVE GREEN week this November

  7. Community Organized Recycling Efforts (CORE) • Weekly meetings: Thursdays @ 5:30pm in YMCA basement • Newly formed in past year • Developed a proposal for U of I recycling • Works hand in hand with SECS • Unite U-Cycle program with Champaign

  8. CORE cont. • Goal: SHOW that people want/desire recycling • ChamBANDa - Concert event at the Canopy Club • GrΣΣn-House Competition 2007 • Sororities/fraternities compete for most recycled materials

  9. “Everybody’s doing it…” • University of West Virginia • free admission for student volunteers to sporting games • Direct and encourage patrons to use recycle bins • Univ. of Colorado- Boulder • Oldest recycling program • Cell phone recycling

  10. Recycle Mania • 201 colleges nationwide • 10 week recycling competition • Goal to increase awareness of recycling Programs on campus • Compete In: • Least amount of trash per capita • Most recycled materials per capita

  11. 2007 results: Total Pounds Recycled: 41.3 million pounds WINNER: Cal State- San Marcos

  12. University of IllinoisMaterials Recovery Facility • Fancy way of saying “Recycling Plant” • Created and managed by Tim Hoss • Located on St. Mary’s Rd. near south farms This new facility Opened in 1997

  13. 1989- Campus Recycling Program/Center was born • Now includes: • All academic and administrative buildings • Campus student housing • Dorms • Some apartments • Doesn’t include: • Sorority/fraternity

  14. Who does all the work? • 18 employees • 5 drivers who pick up and transport campus trash to Facility • 2 operating engineers • 9 sorters/labor • 6 from developmental services • 1 student helper • Tim Hoss- man in charge

  15. The Process • Trash and recycle bins hauled to facility • Large bulky objects removed • Conveyer moves trash to be sorted • workers manually sort recyclables and drop into storage bunkers

  16. Process cont. • Remaining trash is compressed and transported by truck to land fills • Recycled materials compressed into bails • Shipped by truck to various recycling mills and sold

  17. Money Money Money…. • $1.3 million to manage facility per year • Average $300 thousand made from recyclables • Recycling is expensive!!!!

  18. Is it effective? • 1993 State mandate to reduce waste by 40% • U of I achieved this by 1995 • 48.6% trash reduced through recycling in 2005

  19. What you can do!! • Personal • Join organizations • Political activism • Campus • Community • Recycle Mania