Expanded program launches this summer

April 23, 2012

DEARBORN / April 23, 2012--In celebration of Earth Day, University of Michigan Dearborn officials announced the launch of the new campus-wide recycling program. The program is set to roll out in full by summer 2012.

UM-Dearborn has joined other leading universities in implementing single-stream recycling, a system that simplifies recycling for the entire campus community. By accepting a wider variety of materials and allowing them to all be placed in one container, single-stream recycling leads to increased participation and improved recycling rates.

The program expansion follows a successful pilot program conducted at the University Center. Since last summer, students, faculty, staff and visitors to the UC have been able to recycle paper, plastic, metal and glass items. “We are pleased with the success of the pilot program at the UC”, said Kathleen Herr, director, University Center. “The program is convenient and it was amazing to see just how much we can recycle!”

The types of recyclable material has expanded to include all types of paper including office paper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, envelopes, sticky notes; all plastic containers numbered 1-7; metal cans, glass bottles and jars. A complete list of acceptable and unacceptable recyclables will be provided and is available online at www.umd.umich.edu/singlestreamrecycling/.

“The majority of materials we handle each day at our desks are recyclable,” said Kate Pepin, director, facilities planning. “What is left as trash, is mostly food waste or wrappers.”

The campus community will notice new recycling containers as well as some repurposed containers over the course of the coming months. Recycling will be as easy as throwing away trash in new recycling containers that will be located next to a companion trash can. Old office trash cans will be “recycled” into new recycling containers for staff and faculty. And since more materials can now be recycled, trash cans will shrink to a mini-trash can size.

Efficiencies gained from the new recycling program, combined with the increased diversion of material from the waste stream, will provide both operational and environmental benefits. With a new streamlined approach, custodial services will experience a cost savings by servicing central containers rather than travel desk to desk. The operational savings is projected to be around $25,000 year.

Over a 5-year period, the recycling efforts at UM-Dearborn and the new expanded program is projected to divert 1.4 million pounds of materials from the landfill, avoid emissions that is the equivalent of taking 69 cars off the road, and conserve 4.3 million gallons of water, 3.4 million kilowatts of energy, and almost 10,000 trees.

For more information about the new program, please visit www.umd.umich.edu/singlestreamrecycling/ or contact Kate Pepin at 313-593 -5045 or kpepin@umd.umich.edu.

Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has nearly 8,900 students pursuing more than 100 bachelor's, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education.  A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.



Beth Marmarelli