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Campus Recycling Rate Continues to Rise

December 7, 2009

The University recycling rate of paper, cardboard, and commingled (glass, plastic, and metal) materials reached 23 percent from July through September, an increase from the 19 percent that was calculated for the same time period of the previous year.
 

In addition to the increased amount of recyclables, the overall amount of waste generated by the University has shown a slight drop in tonnage over the past two months.

Penn Facilities staff attribute the improvement to increased awareness amongst the University community, and more specifically, to the wider availability of recycling bins across the campus compared to previous years. Several schools and centers have established new recycling programs or improved their existing collection systems by posting informational signs and emphasizing this priority to peers within their buildings.

The School of Medicine, for example, has added over 100 new recycling bins to its buildings over the past year and expects to provide a significant boost to the campus’ cumulative rate in 2010.

The annual RecycleMania competition begins on January 17, and the Green Campus Partnership is looking for representatives from schools, centers, and departments to help organize and assist with the various events and initiatives being planned for the 10-week competition.

Volunteers who would like to organize a RecycleMania event in their College House or department (or help educate their peers about our recycling practices), please contact the RecycleMania team at sustainability@upenn.edu.

Fact

The average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles.

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