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Wayne State embraces recycling

Wayne State embraces recycling

Wayne State's waste diversion continues to improve following the implementation of an enhanced recycling program.

Waste diversion is the percentage of recyclable items diverted out of landfills and kept from entering the waste stream.

During 2012's final quarter, the university averaged a diversion rate of 21 percent, as more recyclables were deposited into the green bins around campus. Over this three-month period, WSU recycled 243 tons, conserving the equivalent of 3,000 mature trees.

Solar-powered compactors with both a recycling and trash component have also contributed to the success. These compactors provide another convenient recycling option around the campus, and recyclables are being placed in these units at a near 2-1 ratio over trash.

"I'm happy that our recycling numbers are on the rise but we have a long way to go," according to WSU Sustainability Coordinator Daryl Pierson. "If we continue educating our campus on what's recyclable, we'll see these numbers really increase."

Pierson said recycling is an important sustainability component because it's something basic that allows everyone to participate in being green.

WSU's recycling bins accept paper, cardboard, plastic and metal food containers.

For more information, check out the posters located above the bins or visit livinggreen.wayne.edu.