When the University of Iowa’s spring semester classes started Tuesday, Jan. 17, students, faculty, and staff in the English-Philosophy Building (EPB) noticed something different. There were no trashcans in their classrooms, but new blue recycling containers were placed near the building’s east and west stairwells, along with waste containers for any items that cannot be recycled.
The move is designed to encourage students, faculty and staff to recycle as many items as possible. Waste Management officials have seen an increase in recycled content when waste containers are removed from key areas.
This is a new phase of the campus-wide single-stream recycling program (sustainability.uiowa.edu/sort-free-recycling/), also called sort-free recycling, allows students, faculty, staff, and others to easily recycle paper, plastics, cardboard, tin, and aluminum in one receptacle.
UI Facilities Management staff will track the amount of recycled material collected in the EPB and survey students, faculty, and the custodial staff to see if removing classroom waste containers should become a campus-wide program.
The pilot program is part of the UI’s 2020 Vision goal to divert 60 percent of the waste generated on campus. For more information, see sustainability.uiowa.edu/waste-cans-removed-from-epb-classrooms-to-encourage-recycling/.