With summer around the corner, many of us are excited to spend more time outside getting our hands dirty in the garden. To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, the UW Recycling team has unearthed a list of movies and books to provide some inspiration. Each resource was hand-picked to teach the importance of soil health and giving back to the earth.
Winners of the 2021 Trash Art Contest express impacts on the environment through written and sculpted art pieces.
Garbage may not be the most ideal art material, but it combines conservation and art creation to achieve profound results.
This can be seen firsthand in the submissions from this year’s art contest. From a one-act play about a sustainably-minded couple to a net made from plastic envelopes, each art piece shows how art can shift perceptions of waste.
Campus Race to Zero Waste (CRZW), formerly RecycleMania, starts this week at the University of Washington. For the ninth year, the UW will be participating in the friendly recycling competition between colleges and universities. As part of CRZW, UW Recycling is organizing activities to focus on plastic waste reduction. Here are some ways you can get involved.
Happy America Recycles Day! To celebrate this year, UW Recycling wants to take a trip down memory lane to the early days of recycling at the University.
You’re probably already familiar with the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. And when we think about if something can be recycled, we usually think of the material as the main factor. Paper, check. Metal, check. Glass, check. Easy! Well, we’d love it if it was that easy. What determines if an item can be successfully recycled is actually more complicated. This is why recycling can seem so confusing.
Post by Gabrielle Coeuille, UW Recycling Waste Diversion & Reduction Intern
When we go to the grocery store, it’s hard to avoid plastic. From produce, to meat, to dairy - packaging is everywhere. Plastic has become so entwined with our food system that it is hard to remember a time when all your seasonal berries didn’t come in a carton that lasts practically forever. So I asked myself this question:
Join UW Recycling, UW Sustainability, and The Whole U this month in committing to reduce plastic use
As July hits the Pacific Northwest, it means more sun, more time outside and for sustainable-minded folks, less plastic. Join UW Recycling, UW Sustainability and the WholeU in lowering our plastic waste during Plastic Free July.
Check Out UW Recycling’s Top Movie and Book Recommendations
For many of us, physical distancing means some more time on our hands. That means we have more time to read and watch new things! The UW Recycling team has put together a list of books and movies we love that teaches us more about the world of waste. Best of all, they are (nearly) all available with a Netflix account, library card, or flat out free!
What an unconventional year for RecycleMania! UW Recycling planned several campaigns including events encouraging reusable mug/tumbler use and a clothing repair workshop. However, these events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington.