UW Tweaks Recycling Program

April 23, 2002

Its timing coinciding with Earth Day, the UW has changed its recycling program to make it easier for people on campus to recycle their plastic and glass bottles.

Students and faculty will no longer have to toss plastic bottles in the garbage, but can put them instead in the gray recycling bins that used to be marked "aluminum only."

How UW Recycling Stacks Up

April 18, 1997

When Sonja Olson walks amid the Hostess products, deli sandwiches, hamburgers, pizza and Mexican food for sale in the Husky Den, she is never comfortable buying food. No matter what she eats for lunch, her entree will be served on a paper plate, her beverage in a disposable container and her utensils will be thrown away. “It just seems like a huge waste,” said Olson, a biology junior. “Think of everyone who eats there and how much could be saved if there was an alternative to disposable products.

Recycyle! The Basics About Campus Recycling

September 3, 1996

Aluminum cans get preferential treatment at the UW. Unlike disposal for other recyclable substances, aluminum can disposal is easily accessible through one of hundreds of aluminum bins throughout campus. "There are three types of containers used for recycling," said Mark Ghezzi, an employee of UW's recycling service and a junior in environmental studies. "There are public-area bins, toters and TAG containers. "Public-area bins are located in buildings like Kane Hall, which have larger classes and lecture halls. These aluminum-only bins can be identified by the UW logo on the front.

Uw Recycling Inches Toward Refinement

October 18, 1995

For most people at the UW, recycling means little more than tossing an empty aluminum can or an old copy of The Daily into the recycling bin.Very few people think of it beyond a simple reflex. However, before 1990, the University of Washington didn't even have a comprehensive recycling program in place. The Waste Stream Analysis Task Force was formed in 1989, designed to assess disposed waste at the UW and how much of that waste is actually recyclable. The actual analysis began in November 1990.