Earth Day Waste Sort on the SW Concourse
April 22, 2019
12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Have you ever noticed how much waste we produce in our daily lives? Do you wonder how much of it could have been recycled and kept out of the landfill? We do.
UMass trash from one academic year would fill nearly half of a southwest tower. Each year, UMass sends 3,000 tons of waste to the landfill. Landfills are responsible for one third of all U.S. methane emissions. Thats the same as burning 824 railcars of coal. We want to ensure, as a community, that UMass is doing its best to keep unnecessary wastes out of the landfill.
Come check out the Earth Day waste sort on the Southwest Concourse (between Prince & Thoreau). We will be engaging staff and students to sort thousands of pounds of trash from all of the Southwest residence halls to see just how much of this trash had to be trash and what could have been diverted to recycling or compost.