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Recycle your bags during Recyclemania, starting Monday

Do you have plastic bags overflowing in your pantry? Work at Eco U and feel a little guilty about tossing plastic from time to time? Instead, bring your bags to work. In support of RecyleMania efforts, UW-Green Bay is piloting a program with Zeus Recycling to collect and recycle clean, dry, flexible plastic from home and campus, beginning March 3. That includes bread bags, dry cleaning bags, tissue wrap and more. Stop by the RecycleMania booth from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Union (March 3–4) or by the Garden Café (March 5-7) to check out the baler and see how big (or small) a 40 pound bale of compressed plastic film can be. Read more.

Out of the landfill: Plastic film recycling launches at Eco U

top-story-bag-compactorAfter emptying out the last flakes from a box of cereal, do you recycle the cardboard box then stare at the plastic liner bag wondering what to do with it? Well, wonder no more! This week, in support of RecycleMania efforts, UW-Green Bay will begin a pilot program with Zeus Recycling to collect and recycle clean, dry, flexible plastic film (#4) from campus and home.

Collection boxes will be placed at about a dozen locations across campus for easy access to this new recycling opportunity. Items you can now recycle include:

  • Plastic grocery bags (of course you don’t have any of these because you bring a reusable shopping bag on your grocery runs!)
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Bread bags
  • Bath tissue wrap
  • Newspaper bags
  • Plastic outer wraps such as from around a case of bottled water (which you aren’t using either because you fill up a reusable water bottle at the tap or hydration stations)
  • Produce bags (clean and dry)
  • Cereal box liners
  • Food storage bags (clean and dry)
  • Pallet wrap
  • Shipping pillows (the larger air-filled cushions, NOT bubble wrap; usually they will have a #4 printed on them)

The plastic film collected will be compressed into an approximate 40 pound bale using a Zeus Recycling baler which the company has graciously lent us for a 60-day trial period. When we have several pallets worth collected, Zeus will pick up and process the plastic into pellets. These pellets are purchased by manufacturers which use them to make next generation plastic products such as plastic decking, kayaks, and more plastic bags. The University will be paid about 4 cents per pound of material recycled, with the payment received going back into student sustainability programs.

Matt Malcore, an Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) intern, is working on the launch of the project, along with Jake Eggert, an employee of Zeus and current graduate student in Environmental Science and Policy. Additional support and helping hands include Felix Pohl, intern for the campus Sustainability Committee, and Eco-Rep Jordan Marty.

Stop by the RecycleMania booth from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Union (March 3–4) or by the Garden Café (March 5-7) to check out the baler and see how big (or small) a 40 pound bale of compressed plastic film can be.
Story by Laurie Case, Campus Sustainability Coordinator

RecycleMania Week gets hoppin’ with hoops, fashion, exhibits

Participating in the annual RecycleMania competition helps reinforce the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) and the actions each of us can take to lighten our impact on the environment. From March 4 – 8, you can learn more and participate in a number of activities to ‘lighten’ up. An area in the Cloud Commons will have booths and information staffed by student organizations throughout the week. Stop by and check it out. On Tuesday (March 5) you can come cheer on your favorite Upcycled garment designer at the Upcycled Textile Showcase at 7 p.m. in Phoenix Room B. Once you’ve got your cheer on, come over to the Lady Phoenix’s “Green” basketball game on Thursday (March 7)! Unfortunately, the NCAA prohibits the use of an actual green-colored basketball…we asked. However, WPS, our electrical utility, is supporting the green theme and our ReycleMania efforts by providing renewable energy through their NatureWise program. Booths and exhibits will be set up for your pre-game, halftime, and post-game walk-abouts and a special half-time audience participation game will be debuted. Most important, Athletics, Kress Events Center staff and student organizations are working hard to make this a Zero-Waste game – meaning as little waste as possible goes to the landfill!   

Project Runway, Eco U edition: ‘Upcycle’ textiles for green fashion show

Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the first-ever “upcycle” textile showcase as part of UW-Green Bay’s participation in RecycleMania. Stop by the Office of Student Life to pick up a free piece of previously loved clean clothing (while supplies last), and “upcycle” it – convert it into a new garment through cutting, sewing, taping, gluing, etc. They’ll take a picture of the ‘before’ garment and then the designer/creator will model it at a Showcase event on Tuesday, March 5, in Phoenix Room B at 7 p.m. A panel of judges and the audience will vote on the winner. Prizes to Goodwill will be awarded for the top three transformations. Reusing and recycling eliminates waste generation and it’s an inexpensive and creative way to augment your wardrobe. Tell your students, tell you friends. Tell your ma, tell your pa. This event is inspired by http://www.newdressaday.com.

Don’t let RecycleMania 2013 go to waste

For the fourth year, the UW-Green Bay community is taking part in ReycleMania (www.recyclemaniacs.org), a friendly nationwide competition that also provides a benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities. Working with Waste Management, our campus waste hauler, data is collected on the amount of recycling and trash going to the landfill each of the eight weeks of the event (Feb. 3-March 30). Using this data, UW-Green Bay will be ranked against others of the 600+ participants in various categories. We are participating in the Per Capita Classic, Waste Minimization and Grand Champion categories. During the week of March 4-8, look for special events to support our RecycleMania efforts. In the meantime, buy less, reuse more and recycle what you can! To learn our current status, check in at the UWGB Sustainability Facebook site for weekly updates starting the week of Feb. 18.

Final push for RecycleMania 2012!  Early results illustrate progress

For the third straight year, the UW-Green Bay community is participating in RecycleMania, the friendly national competition that doubles as a benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities. Working with the campus waste hauler, data is collected on the amount of recycling and trash generated each week. With 60 new and easily identifiable recycling stations in the academic buildings, recycling bins in the University Union and the Kress Center, as well as throughout student housing, it’s always easy to find a recycling bin for plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard.

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As of Week Six of the eight-week competition, UW-Green Bay ranked a respectable 104 out of 255 schools in the “Grand Champion” category. The University documented 76 tons of trash generated vs. 32 tons of recycling collected over the period.

Bright ideas: Artwork shows RecyleMania is more than 'green'

RecycleMania is a competition designed to build awareness around recycling and waste minimization. More than 500 colleges and universities  participate to encourage minimizing their waste stream and increase recycling rates.

At UW-Green Bay, a “sustainability fair” of sorts was scheduled in the Cloud Commons the week of Feb. 27. Among the many activities and highlights of the fair: curtains made of recycled bottles, a balloon wall display made entirely of plastic caps; craft opportunities (using the caps), reusable bag give-away for students, Zimride and U-Pass information, vendors, a stack-the-caps contest, and a pledge wall for which ‘pledgers’ were entered in a bike give-away.

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Photos by Eric Miller, Marketing and University Communication, and Laura Case, Office of the Chancellor

Green but clean: ‘Take Your Top Off’ promotion is about recycling

Next week’s busy schedule of events meant to bring greater awareness to RecycleMania at UW-Green Bay was a special portfolio-building opportunity for student Sarah Schrader, a graphic design employee at the University Union. Schrader was given the assignment to design a display for the “Take your top off and drop your bottoms” promotion. That might sound a bit… spicy… until you realize it’s about the proper recycling of plastic bottles. Fun story.
 

RecycleMania project not ‘wasted’ on student graphic artist

A weeklong schedule of events meant to bring greater awareness to “RecycleMania” at UW-Green Bay meant a special portfolio-building opportunity for design arts and business student Sarah Schrader, a graphic design employee at the University Union.

Schrader was given the assignment to design a display for the “Take your top off and drop your bottoms,” promotion. That might sound a bit… spicy… until you see the graphic and realize that the sustainability project is creating awareness regarding the proper recycling of plastic bottles. Then it makes perfect sense.

UW-Green Bay Sustainability Coordinator Laurie Case explains:

“A lot of recycling facilities do not accept plastic caps,” she said. “It’s a different plastic than the bottles and can potentially contaminate the waste stream. So the promotional team working on RecycleMania came up with the idea of ‘take your top off’ and Sarah came up with the design.”

A’viands saved condiment jars to collect caps at each of more than 60 recycling stations across campus. Caps and bottles were collected at several UW-Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball games for reuse in events and displays during RecycleMania.

RecycleMania is a competition designed to build awareness around recycling and waste minimization. More than 500 colleges and universities across the country participate to encourage minimizing their waste stream and increase recycling rates.

The weeklong activities — a “sustainability fair” of sorts — to be held in the Cloud Commons from Feb. 27 to March 2, are the result of a collaborative effort including members of the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC) student organization, and staff members Pam Koehler-Zastrow (A’viands), Adam Halfmann (Athletics), Stephanie Kaponya (Student Life) and Kelly Kramp (Union), along with Case.

Among the many activities and highlights of the fair: curtains made of recycled bottles, a balloon wall display made entirely of plastic caps; craft opportunities (using the caps), reusable bag give-away for students, Zimride and U-Pass information, vendors (Red Barn, Naked Juice, Old World Pasteries Plus), a stack-the-caps contest, and a pledge wall for which ‘pledgers’ will be entered in a bike give-away.

For Schrader, the project was both practical and provided an experience that she can use in her professional portfolio.

“The campaign is very practical,” Schrader said. “I see a lot of bottles in the recycle bins on campus with their caps still on it. I hope that the design and campaign as a whole will help create awareness that those tops are not the same type of plastic as the bottles and bottle tops will start coming off. Working on the design for this campaign piece allowed me to gain more experience with all of the essential programs that I use in my design work.”

According to Case, this is the first year in which UW-Green Bay has participated in the competitive category in RecycleMania.

“By bringing some extra attention to recycling and waste minimization through a week-long event, we hope to encourage all members of the campus community to be more aware of their purchasing and disposal habits, and of course, it would be great to do well in the competition, too,” Case said.

You can check out where UWGB ranks in the RecycleMania competition by checking the sustainability blog.