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Waste Audit allows students to get their hands dirty

March 4, 2013

The annual Waste Audit, to be held Wednesday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the East side of the plaza, brings student, staff, and faculty volunteers together to sort all the waste collected from Housing & Dining Services in one day.

Raising awareness

The dirty event helps raise awareness of what can be recycled and composted on campus to support RecycleMania, a nation-wide recycling and waste reduction competition among more than 650 schools. The waste in the audit is sorted into three categories: what could have been recycled, what could have been composted, and what is true trash. Last year more than 2,000 pounds of waste was sorted and weighed revealing that:

  • 26 percent of what was thrown away could have been recycled,
  • 36 percent could have been composted, and
  • 38 percent was true trash.

Dive in and get dirty

The campus community is invited to volunteer or stop by this year’s audit to see how much waste could have been diverted from the landfill. No prior knowledge of what can be recycled, composted, or thrown away is needed to volunteer, just a willingness to dive in and a desire to learn. Each volunteer slot is one hour and volunteers will be suited with gloves and aprons for their shift. Volunteers are advised to wear sturdy shoes, warm layers, and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. The first 50 student volunteers will receive a free RecycleMania T-shirt and the first 90 volunteers will receive RecycleMania reusable travel cutlery.

We all need to do our part to help CSU reach the goal of zero waste, and this is your opportunity to help make that happen!