Lion’s share of Convocation waste recycled, composted

Through a dedicated recycling and composting effort at Convocation and the President’s Block Party Sunday, Aug. 21, The University of Iowa kept 90 percent of the waste generated at the events from going to the landfill.

Approximately 4,500 incoming first-year students attended Convocation on the UI Pentacrest and the President’s Block Party at 102 Church Street. Volunteers staffed 45 portable collection bins to help educate students about recycling and to collect compostable food materials, plastics, aluminum, cardboard, and redeemable beverage containers. Of the 1,200 pounds of material generated, 562 pounds were composted, and 511 pounds were recycled, leaving only 127 pounds going to the landfill.

Student volunteers from the UI Environmental Coalition, Engineers for a Sustainable World, and ECO Hawk led the effort, in coordination with the UI Office of Sustainability and UI Facilities Management, Waste Management Inc., City Carton Recycling, Johnson County Refuse, and Iowa City Landfill and Recycling.

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