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Single-stream recycling launches at USI

Single-stream recycling launches at USI

11/21/2012 | University Communications

USI's single-stream recycling program has officially launched, and that means you can mix all of your recyclables together in any campus recycling receptacle - whether it's a bin in your office or in a public area.

Here's what you can recycle at USI:

  • All types of paper - including office paper, newspaper, mixed paper, books, phone books, magazines, and junk mail - cardboard, and corrugated cardboard. Cardboard shoudl be unsoiled. Corrugated cardboard should be broken down and flattened.
  • Rinsed-out aluminum, tin, and steel.
  • Many types of plastic, including numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7. Styrofoam (6) is not accepted. The classification number is usually molded on the bottom of the plastic container. Remember to rinse out plastic containers. Bottle caps are accepted, and no longer have to be removed and thrown away.

USI does not currently recycle glass, but Greg Wagoner, assistant director of Facility and Recycle Operations in the Physical Plant, said he hopes to make glass recycling available when safe collection procedures can be established.

Glass is collected curbside by the City of Evansville. Here is a list of where to take glass and other recyclables in Evansville and Vanderburgh County.

Plastic bags are not accepted in USI bins, but can be recycled at many grocery and hardware stores.

Wagoner said that USI has sent 1.6 million pounds of solid waste to the landfill and recycled 300,000 pounds in 2012. That's an improvement over last year, but he expects the latter number to increase as the campus community becomes aware of the availability of single-stream recycling.

"More and more items are becoming recyclable all the time," he said. "That will allow us to recycle more as it costs less. It's a win-win situation."

USI recycles through Tri-State Resource and Recovery. For more information, go to www.usi.edu/recycle or call Wagoner at 812/468-2299.

To request a recycling bin for your office, contact the Physical Plant.


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