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"One Stop Drop" system created on campus for recycling
Thursday, November 20, 2008

Recycling bins
Michael Cooley, left, and Paul Reale, members of SUNY Fredonia’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, prepare to assist in the distribution of new recycling bins across campus

FREDONIA, N.Y. — November 20, 2008 — Green recycling bins are being stationed in residence hall rooms, classrooms and faculty offices — and just about every other space at SUNY Fredonia — with the launch of a combined recycling program by the university’s Sustainability Committee.

An impressive total of 17 items – from plastic bottles to newspapers to tin cans – may now be deposited into one single recycling bin. Gone are the days when there were blue-colored bins for just paper in residence halls and offices, and students and faculty were asked to cart other recyclables to central collection sites in their buildings.

The old system achieved only limited success because consumers were responsible for separating their recyclables and then taking them to another location, explained Mark Delcamp, assistant director of Custodial Services. But these all-in-one bins eliminate that obstacle, so there’s no reason why more people shouldn’t be recycling.

“We’re really trying to do everything we can to make sure that recycling on this campus is as easy and convenient as possible,” Mr. Delcamp added.

An impressive 2,500 green containers will be placed throughout the campus in the last half of 2008. Residence hall student rooms were retrofitted this past summer with 1,500 bins, and Mason Hall, the last academic building on the list, is scheduled to receive their bins by mid-December.

Five students, all members of the local Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter, are assisting the Sustainability Committee by adopting the green recycling bin program for a class project in an upper-level Business Administration course. Their charge is to distribute 1,000 bins to all faculty and staff offices, classrooms and meeting rooms, and educate the campus community about how to use them.

“We are making sure everyone on campus has recycling bins and is aware of the new procedures,” explained Nicole Sonn, a senior from Bemus Point, N.Y. The combined recycling effort is beneficial to both the university and the environment, she said. Assisting her with the project are Paul Reale, Brian Morse, Michael Cooley and Jacob Malthaner.

Responses from everyone so far, she’s pleased to report, have been very positive. “I think they’re happy that everything can be recycled together.”

The long list of recyclables includes: plastics (no. 1-7), glass bottles and jars, aluminum and tin cans, aluminum foil and pie plates, gift wrapping paper, office paper, newspapers, clean paper towels (even if they are wet), envelopes, file folders, telephone books, magazines, paperback books, hardcover books with covers removed, flattened box board, clean cardboard and moving/shipping boxes.

Currently, all existing recycling centers throughout the campus are also being updated with new labels to reflect the new combined recycling program and new recycling dumpsters have been placed around campus to accommodate the anticipated increase in volume of materials that will be recycled. Students, faculty and staff may use either the new green bins or existing blue bins for all their recycling. The new bins, labels and recycling dumpsters are green in color to help everyone become familiar with the campus-wide Go Green program.

Westfield Disposal collects and then compresses recyclables before shipping them to Geneva, N.Y., for automated separation and distribution.

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Photo cutline: Michael Cooley, left, and Paul Reale, members of SUNY Fredonia’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, prepare to assist in the distribution of new recycling bins across campus.

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