UMass Amherst Sustainability ‘Trash Sort’

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

DATE:           Tuesday, Oct. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 25

TIME:            5:30-7 p.m.

WHERE:       UMass Amherst Office of Waste Management, 151 Tillson Farm Road

Undergraduates from the UMass Eco-Rep program will don protective suits and sort through trash taken from four areas of the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus to illustrate that students can do more to divert recyclables and compostable material away from local landfills.

The eco-reps will empty trash bins from North Village Apartments, Lincoln Apartments, North Apartments and the Morrill Science complex at the Office of Waste Management’s Tillson Farm facility. Once the materials are sorted, the eco-reps will calculate the percentage of the waste that could have been diverted from the landfill.

This information will be used to identify ways to encourage more recycling and composting and provide a baseline to gauge improvements.                               

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.