Move-in boxes targeted for recycling

Posted: August 10, 2007
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Approximately 6,000 students will move into MU's residence halls this month, and with them comes a lot of stuff. Cardboard boxes to hold that stuff often are discarded after the move, creating a large amount of solid waste that ends up in the landfill.

To divert that cardboard from the landfill, MU Campus Facilities – Landscape Services, MU Residential Life and Sustain Mizzou, a student environmental organization, have teamed up to encourage students to break down their boxes and recycle them when they move in.

“Last year we recovered nearly 900,000 pounds of cardboard campuswide,” said Steve Burdic, CF – LS solid waste and recycling coordinator. “We have expanded our efforts this year and placed marked cardboard containers in all of the residence hall complexes.” Cardboard containers are also located behind many academic and administrative buildings.

Civic Recycling, a private recycling company, provides the containers and picks them up weekly.

Volunteers will be on hand during the August 12 move-in week to encourage students to recycle their cardboard and to help break down boxes. Those interested in helping can call 573-882-7287 or contact Burdic by e-mail.

“When students recycle, they make their tuition dollars go farther and help the University be a more sustainable organization,” said Burdic.

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