Sustainability ‘Trash Sort’ on Nov. 4 Reminds Students to Recycle

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DATE:           Monday, Nov. 4

TIME:            10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHAT:          Student-Led Trash Sort

WHERE:       Goodell Lawn, UMass Amherst campus

Undergraduates from the UMass Eco-Rep program will don protective suits and sort through trash taken from all the residential areas on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus to illustrate that students can do more to divert recyclables away from local landfills. The Eco Reps will empty trash bins onto Goodell Lawn to separate actual trash from materials that could have been recycled.

Once the materials are sorted, the Eco-Reps will calculate the percentage of material that should have been diverted from the landfill.

The event is intended to raise awareness about what we throw away and demonstrate how the new implementation of single stream recycling across campus can make recycling an everyday activity, says Ezra Small, campus sustainability manager.

The UMass Amherst Eco-Rep Program is a student-centered educational program that trains undergraduates to foster environmental literacy in the campus community and translates that new understanding into more environmentally friendly behavior.