UMass Amherst Student 'Trash Sort' Highlights Recycling

September 28, 2012

Contact: Janet Lathrop 413/545-0444

 
*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
 
DATE:           Monday, Oct. 1 (rain date is Oct. 3)
TIME:            10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHAT:          Trash Sort
WHERE:       UMass Amherst campus lawn south of Student Union
 
Haz-mat-suited Eco-Rep student volunteers for the sustainability program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will conduct a trash sort on the lawn south of the Student Union on Monday, Oct. 1, to measure the success of student recycling practices and highlight areas that can be improved. 
 
Students will pick up bags of trash from each of the campus’s residence hall areas, slit them open and count how many recyclable objects and materials were thrown into the trash instead of being properly recycled, says Ezra Small of the campus sustainability initiative.
 
“The event will raise awareness about how our waste reduction efforts can continuously be improved and how the implementation of the new single stream recycling system should make it easier for all of us to recycle,” he adds.
 
The UMass Amherst Eco-Rep Program is a student-centered educational program that trains undergraduates to foster environmental literacy within the campus community and translate that new understanding into more sustainable behavior.
 
Contact: Janet Lathrop, 413/545-0444; jlathrop@admin.umass.edu
                Ezra Small, 413/545-0799; esmall@facil.umass.edu