Moving in, garbage out: Vanderbilt U. beefs up recycling for dorm move-ins

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From Green Right Now Reports

Moving into a college dorm for the first time is a life-altering experience for everyone involved. Students are making their first big step toward adulthood, parents feel pangs (or jubilation) about their empty nest.

Colleges get lots and lots of trash.

Cardboard boxes, plastic coverings, Styrofoam, paper: the waste piles higher and higher.

This year, when more than 1,500 freshmen move into the dorms at Vanderbilt University, a bigger-than-ever recycling effort is ready to begin.

The university in Nashville, Tenn., has stepped up its recycling efforts in an attempt to keep pace with discarded packaging, according to news release.

Last year the university provided molded Styrofoam recycling for the first time, and it filled two 26-foot trucks, according to Vanderbilt’s recycling coordinator Jennifer Hackett. The campus recycled 7.5 tons of cardboard last year.

This year, the university is adding plastic film recycling – all those plastic bags and larger plastic wraps that come with bedding and other dorm essentials – to its efforts.

Instead of handing out plastic bottles, the “Move-In” program will provide 12 water-filling stations around the dorms, a move aimed at keeping thousands of plastic water bottles out of the environment.

Arizona State University at Tempe has been named one of the most green colleges in the country by The Princeton Review. Its recycling program is large and varied, offering students ways to recycle everything from batteries to packaging material, asphalt to ink cartridges, shoes to cell phones.

Tossing a cell phone? ASU students can just put the phones into campus mail – without even using an envelope – and they will be picked up and recycled by the campus mail service, according to the university’s website.

Ready to dump those Adidas? A drop-off site for shoes in the lobby of the Student Recreation Complex is always available. Athletic shoes are given to the Nike-Reuse-A-Shoe program, where they are recycled into material used in sports and playground surfaces (basketball courts to athletic fields).

Other shoes (in good condition only) will end up in Mexican communities to be worn by others.

Read more about the Arizona State recycling program. More about Vanderbilt’s recycling efforts can be read on its website.

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